Mike Bassett: England Manager

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  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 2001
  • Running time: 89 min
Mike Bassett: England Manager is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by Steve Barron, following the fortunes of the manager of Division One football (English football's second tier) club Norwich City, Mike Bassett, who having led his side to the 'Mr... read more
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Mike Bassett: England Manager is a 2001 satirical comedy film directed by Steve Barron, following the fortunes of the manager of Division One football (English football's second tier) club Norwich City, Mike Bassett, who having led his side to the 'Mr Clutch Cup', is appointed England manager. It received mixed reviews. The film takes the form of a fly on the wall fictional documentary (mockumentary) following Bassett (played by Ricky Tomlinson) as he starts his international management career. Martin Bashir, well known as a journalist and presenter in real life, plays the interviewer and provides the voiceover, and the film features cameo appearances from Pelé and Ronaldo. The film satirises many targets, such as the mysterious figures who run the Football Association, the stereotypical view of an old-fashioned manager, and the tabloid press's unfailing habit of building the England team up so they can knock them down hard. The World Cup being played is referred to in the film as 'World Cup XVII'; the 17th World Cup was the tournament played in 2002. The film was followed by a television series, Mike Bassett: Manager in 2005. And in 2014, a second film, Mike Bassett: Interim Manager, attempted to get £250,000 funding on the website Kickstarter. After the time limit for the funding expired, the campaign was cancelled, and there has since been no further news of this second film.

Original Release

09/28/2001

Cast

Ricky Tomlinson Mike Bassett
Amanda Redman Karine Bassett
Philip Jackson Lonnie Urquart
Robbie Gee Smallsy
Martin Bashir Interviewer
Ulrich Thomsen Dr. Hans Shoegaarten
Geoff Bell Gary Wackett
Pele Himself
Bradley Walsh Dave Dodds
Ronaldo Himself
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Steve Barron

Writers

John R. Smith, Rob Sprackling, Johnny Smith

Cast

Ricky Tomlinson Mike Bassett
Amanda Redman Karine Bassett
Philip Jackson Lonnie Urquart
Robbie Gee Smallsy
Martin Bashir Interviewer
Ulrich Thomsen Dr. Hans Shoegaarten
Geoff Bell Gary Wackett
Pele Himself
Bradley Walsh Dave Dodds
Ronaldo Himself
Phill Jupitus Tommo Thompson
Dean Lennox Kelly Kevin Tonkinson
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Lightfoot
Angela Curran Margaret
Danny Tennant Jason Bassett
Sean Gilder Journalist
Mark Burdis Journalist
Nigel Lindsay Journalist
Sue Barker Herself
Gabby Logan Herself

Producers

Charles Finch Executive Producer
Nigel Green Executive Producer
Robert Halmi Sr. Executive Producer
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Luc Roeg Executive Producer
Steve Barron Producer
Neil Peplow Producer
Miara Martell Producer
J.N.R. Smith Producer
Johnny Smith Producer
Rob Sprackling Producer

Editors

Colin Green

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