Bend It Like Beckham. Image shows from L to R: Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley)
Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham

  • 2002 film

The comic tale of a young Asian woman who joins the local semi-professional football team but opts not to tell her traditionalist family. Stars Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi and more.

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Bend It Like Beckham. Image shows from L to R: Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley)

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
2002
Stars
Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher, Archie Panjabi, Shaznay Lewis, Frank Harper, Juliet Stevenson and more
Writers
Gurinder Chadha, Guljit Bindra and Paul Mayeda Berges
Director
Gurinder Chadha
Producers
Deepak Nayar, Gurinder Chadha, Ulrich Felsberg, Zygi Kamasa, Simon Franks, Haneet Vaswani, Russel Fischer, Paul Ritchie and more

West London teenager Jess Bhamra dreams of having a professional football career, even though her parents are determined that she study to be a lawyer. When she is invited by local girl Jules Paxton to join a women's football team, Jess jumps at the chance, and the team's coach Joe is impressed with her abilities. With Jess and Jules on board, the team begins a winning streak which puts them on track for the finals. However, in the face of continued opposition from her family, and after a falling-out with Jules, Jess is forced to reconsider her future in the game.

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Additional details

UK certificate
12
Duration
112 minutes
UK release
Friday 12th April 2002
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

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Most recent repeats
  • Friday 18th August 2023 at 2:45pm on Film4
  • Friday 11th August 2023 at 6:45pm on Film4
  • Saturday 18th March 2023 at 2:30pm on Film4

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