Mike Bassett: England Manager

Mike Bassett: England Manager

Steve Barron (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This sports satire is arguably the best football film ever made, and unarguably the funniest - barring Escape to Victory and When Saturday Comes, which weren't actually meant to be funny. Thanks to the minimal use of on-field action sequences we are spared the embarrassment of watching players who can't act and actors who can't play. Instead, the film focuses on the boardroom, back-room and dressing-room shenanigans that ensue after a lower-league soccer boss is made England manager. Bassett is played with a nice mix of humour and pathos by Ricky Tomlinson, as the sort of old-school supremo who scribbles his team selection on the back of a fag packet - then is gobsmacked that no-hopers Benson and Hedges have been enlisted into the squad. When the team flukes its way into the World Cup finals in Brazil, Bassett is faced with the task of turning his individual allsorts - boy-wonder forward, high-living midfielder et al - into a winning side. Keep an eye open for cameos by two great soccer icons, Pelé and Gabby Logan (née Yorath).


Thoroughly enjoyable sporting comedy, starring Ricky Tomlinson as an inept soccer coach who is unexpectedly chosen as England's new manager. His dismal efforts see him go from national treasure to most hated man in England in record time - but the chance of redemption comes when a rules loophole puts England in the running for the World Cup. Amanda Redman, Philip Jackson, Bradley Walsh and Phill Jupitus co-star, with an appearance by Brazilian superstar Pele.

Cast & Crew

Mike Bassett Ricky Tomlinson
Karine Bassett Amanda Redman
Lonnie Urquart Philip Jackson
Dave Dodds Bradley Walsh
Tommo Thompson Phill Jupitus
Professor Shoegaarten Ulrich Thomsen
Jack Marshall Robert Putt
Martin Bashir Martin Bashir
TBC Pelé
Keith Allen Keith Allen
Atomic Kitten Atomic Kitten
Gabby Logan Gabby Logan
Director Steve Barron
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Violence, swearing and brief nudity.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 28 Sep 2001