One Night in Turin

  • 15
  • James Erskine (2010)
  • UK
  • 92 min
One Night in Turin
Film Review
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3 out of 5

The Italia 90 World Cup finals revived England's love affair with football. Yet, going into the tournament, few had much faith in either manager Bobby Robson or his under-performing team. However, as James Erskine recalls in this competent documentary, the side survived an indifferent group stage to progress to the semi-finals against West Germany. Setting the World Cup in a wider socio-political context, Erskine examines how close hooliganism came to wrecking the competition and how quickly sports minister Colin Moynihan condoned the Italian authorities' heavy-handed tactics. But the emphasis is most firmly on Robson's battles with the media and the emergence of Paul Gascoigne as the tournament's superstar. The narration, delivered by Gary Oldman, is often overwritten and the frequent cutaways to clumsily contrived close-ups prove hugely irksome. But the movie relives the events with suitable enthusiasm and nostalgia.

Plot Summary

Sports documentary narrated by Gary Oldman. The story of England's journey at the 1990 World Cup, which made a hero of manager Bobby Robson and a celebrity of Paul Gascoigne, but left the nation undone by Germany and penalties in a memorable semi-final.

Cast and crew


Gary Oldman


James Erskine

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 7 May 2010
Certificate 15