One Night in Turin

One Night in Turin

James Erskine (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


Documentary following England's progress in the 1990 World Cup, which saw them make it to the semi-finals before being defeated by West Germany. The film examines manager Bobby Robson's struggles with media scrutiny, the impact of hooliganism on the tournament and the rise to fame of Paul Gascoigne. Narrated by Gary Oldman.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Gary Oldman
Director James Erskine

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: KaleidoscopeAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 May 2010
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