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3.31

Awesome: 18.75%
Worth A Look: 0%
Average75%
Pretty Bad: 6.25%
Total Crap: 0%

2 reviews, 4 user ratings


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"Sport's David vs. Goliath."
3 stars

Emphasis on shot. Otherwise, an ordinary sports movie — tracking the progress of the second-string Kilnockie football club through an American ownership, a Scottish management, and the recruitment of a star top-league player, who additionally turns out to be the manager’s estranged son-in-law.

On other fronts is the melodramatic attempt to reunite a family full of struggle. It remains fairly generic throughout, particularly in the on-the-field scenes (“You give me the heart, I’ll give you the lungs and together we’ll use our heads”), most of which are short in length and become longer as the team moves up in the semis. Any dramatic content is diminished by awkward performances (Robert Duvall’s accent falters regularly, as does Brian Cox’s — though when he gets it right, it sounds great) and the banal domestic issues, but there are some highlights from the unseen sports commentators, which actually heightens the suspenselessness of most match ups from the David versus Goliath allusions. In separate instances of the hype of sports, the movie accurately portrays the spectator’s enthusiasms (the fan who cannot look) and manages to get out a genuine laugh or two (after the goalie allows a point prior to halftime, the coach scoffs at his apology “I’m sorry boss, I should shut my fuckin’ legs”/ “No, your ma should shut hers!”). Directed by Michael Corrente; with Michael Keaton, Ally McCoist, and Kirsty Mitchell.

[See it if you must.]

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User Comments

3/15/06 Gindo Come on its Robert DuVall doing a movie about scottish football, its great!!!! 5 stars
4/11/04 Wildcarde1 great movie with much depth and heart 5 stars
10/30/02 NAOMI EXCELLENT 5 stars
5/15/02 Heather Purplethorne Robert DuVall is a brilliant actor, but not when effecting a faltering Scottish accent. 2 stars
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  03-May-2002 (R)

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Directed by
  Michael Corrente

Written by
  Denis O'Neill

Cast
  Ally McCoist
  Robert Duvall
  Michael Keaton
  Brian Cox
  Kristy Mitchell
  Owen Coyle



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