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Gascoigne

  • 2015
  • Jane Preston
  • 86 mins
  • 15

Summary

Documentary about Paul Gascoigne, which charts his rise to fame from his humble roots in the North East to the world stage and his subsequent personal problems. The film features an extensive interview with the troubled former footballing superstar, as well as comment from those who admired his skills, including Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho and Gazza's ex-England and Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Gary Lineker.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This straightforward and uncritical feature-length documentary charts the rise and, to a far lesser extent, the fall of footballer Paul Gascoigne, the sports maverick who hit the heights, then was brought low by a killer combination of bad luck, booze and, though it's not mentioned, bad company. Combining archive match footage with new interviews with Gascoigne himself, England captain Wayne Rooney, manager José Mourinho and TV pundit Gary Lineker, Jane Preston's film presents a telling portrait of a decent and likeable man who ultimately was too emotionally immature to cope with the twin pressures of fame and fortune. Though stagey in its use of interviewees, and perhaps too sympathetic towards its subject, Gascoigne is nonetheless watchable by all. But it's soccer fans who'll patently get the biggest kick out of it.

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Credits

Cast

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Paul GascoignePaul Gascoigne

Crew

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DirectorJane Preston

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2015-06-05
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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