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There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (2000)

Jimmy Grimble is a shy Manchester school boy. At school he is constantly being bullied by the other kids, and at home he has to face his mother's new boyfriend who he doesn't like. However,... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis McKenzie Lewis McKenzie ... Jimmy Grimble
Jane Lapotaire ... Alice Brewer
Gina McKee ... Donna
Ben Miller ... Johnny Two Dogs
Wayne Galtrey Wayne Galtrey ... Walkway Kid
Ciaran Griffiths ... Psycho
Bobby Power Bobby Power ... 'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley
Robert Carlyle ... Eric Wirral
Samia Longchambon ... Sara (as Samia Ghadie)
Antony Marsh Antony Marsh ... Crane (as Anthony Marsh)
Sean Delaney Sean Delaney ... Brick
Charles Denton Charles Denton ... The Cat
Azmier Ahmed Azmier Ahmed ... Elvis
John McArdle ... Headmaster
Ann Aris Ann Aris ... Governor 1
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Jimmy Grimble is a shy Manchester school boy. At school he is constantly being bullied by the other kids, and at home he has to face his mother's new boyfriend who he doesn't like. However, through football, and some special boots, he manages to gain the confidence to succeed and leads his school football team towards the final of the local schools cup. Written by filmreview.co.uk

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and no substitute for life

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jimmy Grimble See more »

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| (TV)

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Jimmy Grimble used fake ears to film the movie. See more »

Quotes

'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: [spits on Jimmy] you little shite, you try anything with that notice again and you
[pause]
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: are...
Psycho: Look out. Wirral
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: You'll be Dead!
Psycho: [shoves Jimmy] Later Grimble!
Eric Wirral: [shouts in the distance] Alright six-a-side!
Jimmy Grimble: [Jimmy's thought] Six-a-side? I'm on the bloody team. You don't have to be Einstein to work that one out. Well, sub at least. And that's worth getting a faceful of gob any day.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Unbelievable
Written by James Atken, Ian Dench, Zachary Foley, Mark Decloedt, Derran Brownson (as Deran Brownson)
Performed by EMF
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24 September 2000 | by Robin KellySee all my reviews

Buying a ticket to a sports movie is like buying a train ticket to, say, Manchester. It's pretty obvious that at the end of the journey you will get to Manchester, in fact you would be annoyed if you didn't get that ending. But the trick is to make sure the journey has some surprises along the way and keeps interesting. Jimmy Grimble manages that fairly successfully.

This isn't a good film in relation to other recent British films released recently, it is a good film full stop.

One main reason it succeeds is the screenplay. The plotting, characterisation and dialogue are basic but well done. The direction, however, is very well done. Football has never looked so good on film.

I saw the last British football film When Saturday Comes on television for free and still demanded my money back, everything about it was awful. Jimmy Grimble has a lower profile and a low-key release but is infinitely superior on every level.

While it is the young that will derive the most pleasure out of this, adults will also get something out of it.


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