Mike Bassett: England Manager. Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson). Copyright: Artists Independent Films

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
2001
Stars
Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Philip Jackson, Bradley Walsh, Phill Jupitus, Ulrich Thomsen, Robert Putt, Dean Lennox Kelly and more
Writers
Rob Sprackling and John R. Smith
Directors
Steve Barron and Melanie Dicks
Producers
Neil Peplow, Steve Barron, Robert Halmi Sr., Robert Jones, Nigel Green, Luc Roeg, Charles Finch, Miara Martell and more
Companies

The manager of England's national football team unexpectedly succumbs to a heart attack, and the search is on for a replacement.

Most people who seem qualified for the position have the good sense to turn it down, and so the responsibility falls to Mike Bassett, a scruffy and loud-mouthed lout whose sole claim to football fame is - after a long and unremarkable playing career - having recently lead a previously undistinguished team to a league championship.

Bassett sets about training the team, bringing in some wildcard call-ups from the depths of his club management career: hopes are high, but when they only qualify for the upcoming World Cup in Rio de Janeiro by fluke, the nation's prospects don't seem quite so good.

As they battle on through losses against the most unlikely of small-fry nations, tensions grow and Bassett comes under increasing criticism at home - and ridicule abroad - for his antiquated tactics, the players' poor discipline, and a series of embarrassing debacles.

Additional details

Tagline
He Knows F.A. About Football; The ever changing face of football has a got new mug...
UK certificate
15
Duration
89 minutes
UK cinematic release
Friday 28th September 2001
UK premiere
Wednesday 26th September 2001
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

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