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Football Films

An A-Z of football at the cinema with a comprehensive list of British and international football films and other movies starring famous footballers. Many are available to buy on DVD or Blu-ray through the links on the right, or occasionally in other formats.

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A mort l’arbitre
Year: 1984, France, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known as ‘Kill the Referee’ in English, this French thriller stars Michel Serrault as the leader of a violent supporters group who hunt down a referee after he gives a penalty against their team in a match.
An Evening with Gary Lineker
Year: 1994, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A play by Arthur Smith and Chris England set around the 1990 World Cup in Italy. It was on stage in London and the adaptation was shown on ITV in Britain in 1994. It’s not currently available on DVD or Blu-ray, but there is an old VHS version and a script book – see links opposite.
A Shot at Glory
Year: 2000, USA/UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Ally McCoist stars alongside Robert Duvall with commentary from Andy Gray in this story of a fictional small Scottish club with an uncertain future. Duvall plays manager Gordon McLeod.
Atlético San Pancho
Year: 2001, Mexico, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A children’s film in which a town without a football team decides to create one and they aim to play at the legendary Estadio Azteca. The film is known as ‘Never Too Young to Dream’ in English.
Beitar Provence
Year: 2002, Israel, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A small town team get a big draw in the quarter finals of the cup and the film follows the lives of some key characters in the build up to the game. There’s an appearance from footballer Tal Banin. The film is in Hebrew.
Bend it like Beckham
Year: 2002, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley star in a film about a young sikh girl who defies her parents by playing football.
Best
Year: 2000, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A biopic of the late Manchester United and Northern Ireland forward George Best starring John Lynch as the title character.
Cup Fever
Year: 1965, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Film about a children’s team trying to win the cup starring Bernard Cribbins, David Lodge and Susan George with legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby and a whole host of footballers making guest appearances including most of the famous United team from the era and Bert Trautmann.
Dar alanda kisa paslasmalar
Year: 2000, Turkey, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known as ‘Offside’ in English, this comedy-drama tells the story of an amateur Turkish football club attempting to win the championship.
Das Große Spiel
Year: 1942, Germany, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Filmed during the war, this movie included appearances by Germany manager Sepp Herberger and several famous German players of the era.
Das Wunder von Bern
Year: 2003, Germany, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known as ‘The Miracle of Bern’ in English, the film entwines the story of a German family with Germany’s winning World Cup campaign of 1954.
Días de fútbol
Year: 2003, Spain, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Jorge and Antonio are going nowhere in life but things start to change when they reform their old football team and aspire to achieve something.
Die Angst des Tormanns beim Elfmeter
Year: 1972, Austria, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The title translates as ‘The Goalkeeper’s Fear of the Penalty’ and the film was adapted from a novel of the same name. It’s a psychological drama with shades of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment in the plot.
Die Wilden Kerle
Year: 2003, Germany, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The title roughly translates as ‘The Wild Things’. It’s a children’s film about a children’s football team and was based on a book called ‘Die Wilden Fußballkerle’. There have been four sequels to the film.
Don Camillo
Year: 1983, Italy, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Also known as ‘The World of Don Camillo’, this Italian comedy film revolves around the life of a small town priest and features cameos from players such as Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Boninsegna.
Drug Predsednik Centarfor
Year: 1960, Yugoslavia, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The film title translates as ‘Comrade President Center-Forward’ and they story follows several themes in the lives of peasant cooperatives, a priest and some villagers who want to become football champions.
Fever Pitch
Year: 1997, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s classic autobiographical book of the same name starring Colin Firth as an Arsenal obsessed school teacher. The narrative jumps between his childhood in the early 1970′s and the present day in the 1988-89 season.
Fimpen
Year: 1974, Sweden, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known as ‘Stubby’ in English, this is the story of a Swedish child prodigy who becomes a football superstar whilst still at school. It features appearances from a whole host of famous Swedish footballers and commentators.
Fodboldpræsten
Year: 1951, Denmark, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Translated into English as ‘The Football Priest’, this Danish family film from director Alice O’Fredericks is a love story revolving around one of the players from a Denmark v Austria match.
Füßball Wie Noch Nie
Year: 1970, Germany, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known in English as ‘Football As Never Before’, this documentary style film has all cameras following George Best’s every movement during a game against Coventry City at Old Trafford in September 1970.
Goal!
Year: 2005, USA/UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The first of the Goal trilogy wasn’t badly received. It had the backing of FIFA, meaning real teams and players could be used and there were cameos from numerous professional footballers. The story follows a young Mexican/American kid called Santiago on his path towards becoming a footballer with Newcastle United.
Goal! 2
Year: 2007, USA/UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Things are going well for Santiago and he transfers to Real Madrid along with a team mate and reaches the Champions League final. There are loads more footballers involved in the star-studded cast.
Goal! 3
Year: 2008, USA/UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: This third part of the trilogy went straight to DVD and isn’t as good as the first two, which weren’t exactly brilliant. It’s set around the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
Goal! The World Cup
Year: 1966, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The official FIFA film of the 1966 World Cup in England. The first official World Cup film in colour, with a script by Brian Glanville and narrated by Nigel Patrick.
G’ole!
Year: 1982, Spain, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The official FIFA film of the 1982 World Cup in Spain narrated by Sean Connery with music by Rick Wakeman.
Green Street (Hooligans)
Year: 2005, USA/UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A film from the hooligan genre about an expelled Harvard graduate who moves to London and becomes involved with violent football ‘supporters’, starring Elijah Wood. Green Street is a street outside West Ham United’s stadium in London.
Green Street 2: Stand Your Ground
Year: 2005, USA/UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A follow-up to the first film. It went straight to DVD with none of the cast from the first film invloved except Ross McCall. The film follows more of the hooligans as they wind up in jail.
Gregory’s Girl
Year: 1981, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A coming-of-age romantic comedy film starring John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn and Clare Grogan. The eponymous Gregory falls for a girl who takes his place in the team.
Harry the Footballer
Year: 1911, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Yes, they began making football films more than one hundred years ago. This black and white silent movie is the oldest film in our list and tells the story of a star player who is kidnapped by the opposition before a crucial match.
Ha-Shehuna Shelanu
Year: 1968, Israel, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known in English as ‘Fish, Football and Girls’, this Hebrew film tells the story of a football team, respectable families, a corrupt nightclub owner and a young boy.
Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup
Year: 1987, Mexico, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The official FIFA film of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico was narrated by Michael Caine and had music by Rick Wakeman.
Historias de fútbol
Year: 1997, Chile, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known as ‘Football Stories’ in English, this Chilean film is actually three short stories revolving around people and football in different parts of Chile.
Hotshot
Year: 1987, USA, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Pele helps an American football player in his struggle to reach the top level. Any film with Pele in it must be worth watching, right?
I.D.
Year: 1995, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Another football hooliganism film, set in London with football scenes filmed at Millmoor and Valley Parade in Rotherham and Bradford. A policeman goes undercover with a gang.
Il Presidente del Borgorosso Football Club
Year: 1970, Italy, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A middle class Italian man inherits a small football club and becomes the president of it. He’s uninterested at first but becomes drawn in to the world of football. There’s a role for famous Juventus star Omar Sivori.
Il Tifoso, l’arbitro e il calciatore
Year: 1983, Italy, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The name translates as ‘The Fan, the referee and the footballer’. The film portrays the stories of a referee whose wife is having an affair and a man who supports the rivals of his father-in-law’s club.
In Oranje
Year: 2004, Netherlands, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A Dutch family drama in which a skillful eleven year old footballer dreams of playing for the national team but us set back by the death of his coach and father.
Íslenski draumurinn
Year: 2000, Iceland, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known as ‘The Icelandic Dream’ in English, the film tells the story of a young adult who is obsessed with football but depressed with life and the fortunes of his team.
Ivana v útoku
Year: 1964, Czechoslovakia, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A children’s film about a young Czech girl who loves football so much that she pretends to be a boy to join a club. Known in English as ‘Ivana in the Forward Line’ or sometimes ‘For Boys Only Is for Girls Too’.
Joyeux Noël
Year: 2005, France, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Set during the first World War, the film shows the Christmas truce of 1914 from the perspective of British, French and German soldiers and features the Christmas Day football match between the trenches.
Két félidö a pokolban
Year: 1962, Hungary, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known in English as both ‘Two Half Times in Hell’ and ‘The Last Goal’, the plot features a football match between Nazi soldiers and Hungarian prisoners of war in honour of Hitler’s birthday. The prisoners try to escape but end up having to play the match.
Kicking and Screaming
Year: 2005, USA, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A comedy starring Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall. A middle aged man becomes coach of a kids football team and tries to take them to the finals. It didn’t get much critical acclaim.
Kikser
Year: 2002, Denmark, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A Danish film known as ‘Flop’ in English. It’s a family drama in which the friendship between Kasper and Jon is tested when team mates want Jon out of their football team.
Ladybugs
Year: 1992, USA, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A comedy in which a man agrees to coach a girls’ football team in order to get a promotion at work. However, he cheats by picking a boy in the team. Starring Rodney Dangerfield.
L’Arbitro
Year: 1974, Italy, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Variously known as ‘Football Crazy’ and ‘Playing the Field’ in English, this Italian comedy shows the pressures a referee must face up to when he’s in charge of a big match.
Looking for Eric
Year: 2009, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Ken Loach’s acclaimed film about the troubles of a poor family in Manchester with the father contemplating suicide. Steve Evets and Eric Cantona are the stars.
Mean Machine
Year: 2001, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Vinny Jones stars in a gritty prison drama about a former England footballer who is sentenced to three years in jail and organises a match between inmates and wardens.
Mig og min lillebror og Bølle
Year: 1969, Denmark, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known as ‘Me and My Kid Brother and Doggie’ in English, this Danish comedy film is about a dog that loves football but gets distracted by a female dog.
Mike Bassett: England Manager
Year: 2001, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Comedy film about an old-school football manager who gets the England job, starring Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman and Bradley Walsh. England are on the way to the World Cup in Brazil and there’s an appearance by Pele.
My Name Is Joe
Year: 1998, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A film by Ken Loach about a recovering working-class alcoholic in Glasgow, who is the coach of his son’s football team.
My Summer with Des
Year: 1998, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: TV movie writen by Arthur Smith and set against England’s Euro 1996 campaign. It stars Des Lynam, Neil Morrisey and Rachel Weisz, with appearances from footballers Peter Shilton and David Seamam. Only available in VHS – see link opposite.
O Leão da Estrela
Year: 1947, Portugal, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A love story between a young boy from Lisbon and a girl from Porto but, as ever, the course of true love does not run smoothly. They family travel to Porto for a big football match.
Offside
Year: 2006, Australia, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A romantic comedy about a football team and their cup campaign in parallel with the Australian team at the 2006 World Cup.
Offside
Year: 2006, Iran, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Filmed, but also banned, in Iran, the film tells the story of a group of Iranian women who want to get into the Azadi stadium to watch a football match and disguise themselves as men. Women are banned from attending stadiums in Iran.
Offside
Year: 2006, Sweden, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A lowly Swedish football team is struggling for survival so they call on the help of an ageing English star player, but he’s not as good as he used to be.
Phörpa
Year: 1999, Bhutan, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: An endearing film about Buddhist monks in a remote monastery in the Himalayas and their efforts to get a television to watch the 1998 World Cup final. It’s known as ‘The Cup’ in English.
Pilkarski Poker
Year: 1989, Poland, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A Polish comedy centering on a referee who is seemingly incorruptible amidst a mire of match fixing. There are cameos from famous figures from Polish football and many scenes were filmed at the Army Stadium in Warsaw.
Porridge
Year: 1979, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale star in Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais’ film version of the popular TV series. The prisoners stage a breakout during a football match.
Professional Foul
Year: 1977, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A Tom Stoppard play that was filmed for the BBC. Set in Prague and with an anti-totalitarian message, it entwines the stories of philosophy professors and England footballers who are in town for a seminar and a match respectively.
Purely Belter
Year: 2000, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Comedy-drama based on the novel ‘The Season Ticket’ by Jonathan Tulloch in which two boys try to raise enough money to buy Newcastle United season tickets. There’s a cameo appearance from Alan Shearer.
Régi idök focija
Year: 1973, Hungary, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known as ‘Football of the Good Old Days’ in English, this Hungarian film is set in Budapest in 1924 and follows a man who sacrifices his personal life in his quest to help his team gain promotion to the top level.
Retsu go! Wakadaishô
Year: 1967, Japan, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known as ‘Let’s Go, Young Guy!’ in English, this film follows a Japanese college student on his adventures when his football team goes to Hong Kong for a match and he falls in love with a local girl.
Siu lam juk kau (Shaolin Soccer)
Year: 2001, Hong Kong, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A comedy Kung-fu film in which football meets martial arts. Shaolin monks form a football team with incredible results.
Sixty Six
Year: 2006, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A biographical-comedy-drama based on the bar mitzvah of director Paul Weiland that took place in London on the day of the 1966 World Cup final. The family is struggling for money and the celebration looks like being a disaster.
Strákarnir okkar
Year: 2005, Iceland, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: An Icelandic film known as ‘Eleven Men Out’ in English. The star player of a top team comes out as gay and then goes on a voyage of self-discovery.
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery
Year: 1940, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A murder mystery set at Highbury Stadium in London and starring Leslie Banks and Greta Gynt. A player collapses and dies during a charity match and Scotland Yard investigate.
The Boys in Company C
Year: 1978, USA, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A Vietnam War drama in which a group of young marines see the chance to get away from front-line duties by winning a football match against a rival team. Starrin Stan Shaw and R. Lee Ermey.
The Damned United
Year: 2009, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: An adaptation of the novel of the same name by David Peace. It’s based on Brian Clough’s time in charge of Leeds United and stars Michael Sheen as Clough. Most of the football scenes were filmed at Chesterfield’s old Saltergate ground.
The Fix
Year: 1997, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A BBC television film about the real life betting scandal of 1964 involving Sheffield Wednesday players Peter Swan, Tony Kay and David Layne and starring Steve Coogan as an investigative journalist. Ricky Tomlinson also appears.
The Football Factory
Year: 2004, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Danny Dyer stars in a football hooligan film following a firm of Chelsea ‘supporters’ on their travels around the country and encounters with rival firms.
The Game of Their Lives
Year: 2002, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Daniel Gordon’s documentary about the seven surviving members of the North Korean team that did so well at the 1966 World Cup in England. It’s also known as ‘Chollima Chookgudan’.
The Game of Their Lives
Year: 2005, USA, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The story of the USA’s famous 1-0 win over England at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil staring Gerard Butler and former footballer John Harkes. Released on DVD as ‘The Miracle Match’ – available as a region 1 DVD.
The Great Game
Year: 1930, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The film follows the fortunes of fictional club Manningford as they embark on an epic cup run. Rex Harrison makes his cinema debut and many famous footballers from the era have lead roles, including Jack Cock ten years on from his part in The Winning Goal (see below). Partly filmed at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.
The Great Game
Year: 1953, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Starring Thora Hird and Diana Dors, this comedy-drama follows the scandal of a fictional Burnville United club chairman making an illegal approach for a player. It was partially filmed at Brentford’s Griffin Park and features footballer Tommy Lawton.
The Match
Year: 1999, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Little known Scottish film about a grudge match between two pub football teams. There’s a romantic thread to the storyline and some cameos from big name actors and footballer Alan Shearer.
There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble
Year: 2000, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A young Manchester boys dreams of one day playing for Manchester City but he has to contend with bullying at school and his mother’s new boyfriend at home. Perhaps some special boots will help him succeed? It stars Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone with Lewis McKenzie as Jimmy.
The Winning Goal
Year: 1920, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: One of the earliest known football films, this silent movie was based on the play ‘The Game’ by Harold Brighouse and follows a fictional Lancashire team called Blackton Rovers. Footballer Jack Cock appears.
Those Glory Glory Days
Year: 1983, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Made for television and with an appearance from Danny Blanchflower, this film depicts two young girls supporting Spurs in their double winning season in the 1960′s. Twenty years later, one of them tries to track down the players.
Tretiy Taym
Year: 1962, USSR, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Little is known about this Soviet film that goes by the name ‘The Last Game’ in English. It tells the story of a match between German soldiers and prisoners of war in Kiev.
Ultra
Year: 1991, Italy, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis:
United
Year: 2003, Norway, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis:
Up for the Cup
Year: 1931, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A comedy directed by Jack Raymond and starring Sydney Howard about a Yorkshireman who goes to London for the cup final but loses his money and tickets.
Up for the Cup
Year: 1950, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Jack Raymond again directs this remake of the 1931 film, so he was either unhappy with the first one or it was so good it was worth doing twice!
(Escape to) Victory
Year: 1981, USA, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Love it or loathe it, John Huston’s Escape to Victory has become a football film classic thanks to its all-star cast. It’s actually based on the plot of Hungarian film Két félidő a pokolban (see above) in which a team of POWs try to escape during a match against their German captors. Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Pele, Bobby Moore, Mike Summerbee, Osvaldo Ardiles, Kazimierz Deyna, and Paul Van Himst are just some of the big names invloved.
Volver a vivir
Year: 1968, Spain, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: A former footballer slowly overcomes the death of his wife when he becomes coach of a team and makes them successful leading him on the path to rediscovering love. The title could be translated as ‘To Come Back to Life’
Vratar
Year: 1936, USSR, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: The title of this early Soviet offering from director Semyon Timoshenko translates as ‘Goalkeeper’. Apparently it’s a musical comedy in which a watermelon seller is spotted for his catching ability and plays in goal for Russia in a match against a Basque team. He makes several fine saves and scores an unlikely late winner. It’s an adaptation of the novel Vratar Respubliki by Leo Kassil.
When Saturday Comes
Year: 1996, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Sean Bean stars as a factory worker who gets a late break as a professional footballer with Sheffield United. There are appearances from footballers such as Mel Sterland and Tony Currie with filming at Bramall Lane.
Women Who Have Run Off-Side
Year: 1951, Czechoslovakia, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: There’s not a lot of information available on this Czech offering, but it appears in several lists of football films online and in books. The title is certainly intriguing. Please get in touch if you have any information about it.
Yesterday’s Hero
Year: 1979, UK, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Written by Jackie Collins and starring Ian McShane, Suzanne Somers and Adam Faith, this film portrays the life of an alcoholic former footballer trying to make a comeback with parallels to the life of George Best. There’s commentary from John Motson.
Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle
Year: 2006, France, Links: IMDB ¦ Wikipedia
Synopsis: Known in English as ‘Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait’, this documentary film tracks Zinedine Zidane’s movements throughout the Real Madrid v Villarreal match on 23rd of April 2005 in the style of Fußball wie noch nie (see above).

Footballers as actors

Eric Cantona

Born: 24th May 1966 in Marseille, France
Played for:
Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes, Leeds United, Manchester United
International Career:
43 caps & 20 goals for France

Film: Le Bonheur est dans le Pré (1995)
Character: Lionel
Summary: The title translates as ‘Happiness is in the Field’ and the story revolves around a case of mistaken identity, which leads to a man quitting his life in the city to go and live in a Provençal village. It is a typical French film insomuch as there are deep character portraits and detailed studies of French village life. Cantona was handed a relatively minor role for his screen debut, and appears mainly in the final part of the film.
Our Rating: 7/10
Film: Elizabeth (1998)
Character: Monsieur de Foix
Summary: An impressive costume drama set in the early years of the reign of Elizabeth the First. Cantona again has a minor role, this time playing they French representative in Her Majesty’s court.
Our Rating: 7/10
Film: Mookie (1998)
Character: Antoine Capella
Summary: Cantona plays a boxer who meets a monk and a talking chimpanzee on the run from scientists. This film has had mixed reviews.
Our Rating: ?
Film: Les Enfants du Marais (1999)
Character: Jo Sardi
Summary: ‘The Children of the Marshland’ is another typical French film and is well worth seeing. Set in rural France, there are glorious sequences showing beautiful, unspoilt countryside, and a look at traditional French country life. The moving story studies the simple lives of a group of friends from a bygone era. Cantona is convincing in his role as a violent boxer.
Our Rating: 8/10
Film: L’Outremangeur (2003)
Character: Séléna
Summary: Cantona plays a 25 stone bulimic detective who falls in love with a young and beautiful murderer in ‘The Overeater’. This film has had good reviews and was a huge success in France.
Our Rating: 7/10

Paul Breitner

Born: 5th September 1951 in Freilassing, Bavaria, Germany
Played for:
Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Eintracht Braunschweig
International Career:
48 caps & 10 goals for Germany

Film: Zwei gegen Tod und Teufel (1976)
Character: Army Sergeant
Summary: A comedy western known as ‘Montana Trap’ in the USA.
Our Rating: ?
Film: Kunyonga (1986)
Character: Bäsgen
Summary: An action crime film, also known as ‘Murder in Africa’.
Our Rating: ?

Vinny Jones

Born: 5th January 1965 in Watford, Herts, England
Played for:
Chelsea, Sheffield United, Leeds United, Wimbledon
International Career:
9 caps for Wales

Film: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Character: Big Chris
Summary: A top quality British crime film in which football hard-man Vinny Jones becomes East-end hard-man ‘Big Chris’. Working as a debt collector and hired muscle, Jones goes around ruffing people up, with his Michael Owen look-alike son. The film, and Jones were a big success.
Our Rating: 9/10
Film: Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Character: The Sphinx
Summary: A retired car thief has to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother’s life. Nicolas Cage stars, Jones has a small but violent role.
Our Rating: 5/10
Film: Snatch (2000)
Character: Bullet Tooth Tony
Summary: Director Guy Ritchie offers us another film in the style of ‘Lock Stock’. Complicated plot and many violent characters but a great film. Jones predictably plays a tough guy.
Our Rating: 8/10
Film: Swordfish (2001)
Character: Marco
Summary: Another film that can be hard to follow. The CIA have hired a spy in order to try and get a computer hacker to steal billions of dollars in unused government funds.
Our Rating: 6/10
Film: Mean Machine (2001)
Character: Danny Meehan
Summary: A prison film similar to Porridge but, unsurprisingly given Jones’ involvement, much more violent. Former England captain Danny Meehan is now an inmate and must train a team of convicts to play the prison staff.
Our Rating: 6/10

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