But just as you are giving up hope, the only stirring moment in the film crashes home with devastating effect, driving the film on to an excellently indulgent conclusion. Its the closest a British film could get to the "Independence Day" speech. And it was great.
The film makers must be elated that the national team are doing well as this film could be deemed as insult to injury if they werent. Football fans will love it but the lack of depth means few others will. Lets just say its not a great date movie. Also export to the lucrative US market will be a giant challenge.
Ricky Tomlinson was excellent as Mike Bassett and the rest of the cast gave the best performances their characters afforded. The games were very convincing, a product of sharp digital compositing, clever use of angles and some lovely stylised split screen work.
Match analysis; Started strong but became a bit predictable as the game went on. Wonderful finishing though. Man of the Match: Ricky Tomlinson.
Mike Bassett - England Manager
Film Council & Entertainment Film Distributors
Director Steve Barron
Producer Neil Peplow & Steve Barron
Screenplay Rob Sprackling & J R N Smith
Starring; Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Bradley Walsh, Phillip Jackson & Pele.
Certificate - 15
Release Date - September 28th 2001.