Jimmy Muir is a hard-drinking brewery worker in the city of Sheffield, with an arrogant lack of respect for authority. His entire life has been orientated by football and he possesses the potential, but has never had the courage or discipline to make anything of it. Jimmy is spotted by Ken Jackson, whilst playing for his pub team. Ken is the manager of Hallam football club, a local non-league team. After continually playing brilliantly for Hallam, Jimmy gets offered a trial at Sheffield United. The evening before the trial he gets drunk, and wakes up feeling very rough. Consequently he fails to impress the Sheffield United manager. Jimmy then has to consider his future and his choices and if he has the self discipline to succeed!
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When Saturday Comes is a low budget drama with some really good moments.Thecasting is very good, as is the acting, which is all very believable. Youreally get to feel for the main character, Jimmy, especially when he reallyscrews up a big try-out, we can all relate to the "I'm only human" line ofthinking. The film has a great story, builds plot up well with minorstoriesthat inter-twine within the main story, and ties up at the end very well.The music in the movie is fantastic, with original songs by Joe Elliott,thelead singer of Def Leppard (The Best Rock Band in the World!). Joe singsthetitle track to the movie with all the conviction a true soccer fan!Definately worth a veiwing, gives you an excellent example of the going'sonin working class England.
I thought this was going to be a terrible film like most football(soccer) movies, but I have to admit this one was entertaining atleast, of course this is not "Escape to Victory (1981)" but it is muchbetter than most movies about this sport. I think "When Saturday Comes"deserves 6.5 stars.The performances were good for what the movie needed, standing outEmily Lloyd with a good work playing Annie Doherty the girlfriend ofthe lead character (Sean Bean). Sean Bean surprise me because at leastone can tell that he has played some "futbol" when he was a kid, notlike many others as Michael Caine who is a good actor but he had neverkicked a ball in his life before filming "Escape to Victory (1981)". Inmy country almost always put actors who are terrible playing footballin roles of "futbol" players at the movies.(spoiler in this paragraph) What I didn't like about the movie was thefinal game where Jimmy Muir (Sean Bean)scores 3 goals in his debutgame, come on he is not Pele, Maradona, Messi or George Best to dothat, It would have been more realistic if he had given one goalassistance and score two goals(I give you that if you want). At leastthe plays in the final game were OK and look realistic.Jimmy Muir is a very good amateur football player who works in afactory and he will have the great chance of his life to become aprofessional player when one day he receives an invitation for a proofat Sheffield United..........If you are a fan of football(soccer)like me you will like this movieotherwise stay away from it..
What more can I say?Sean Bean, Sheffield United, beautiful downtown Bramall Lane, the legendaryTony Currie, the usual shot of Sheffield seen from our very own"twin-towers" (all that is left of a power station next door to theMeadowhall Shopping Centre), Blades, Blades, Blades! Yes it's corny, yes it's cliched (they would play an F.A. Cup semi-final ata neutral ground,trivia fans!), but this apart is an enjoyable piece ofnonsense.Also they had to film several scenes over and over again in the "match"sequence as the crowd, made up of specially invited Sheffield United fans)kept booing Mel "Porky" Sterland (who played for the "other" Sheffieldteam!!!) everytime he got the ball. Priceless.
The opening scenes of this movie are shot at my old school. It used tobe known as Annes Road Junior School but has since moved up market andis no referred to as Annes Grove. I'ts a primary school although it'sdepicted in the movie as a seconday (high) school. The pub they headoff towards is the Shakespere but when they get inside it istransformed into another pub all together. These inaccuracies aside, thething that miffs me the most is that were never allowed to leave schoolby that particular gate, we had to walk around the school. Sad to saythat at 45 years old I'm still traumatised by that small restriction.As for the movie, it's not really fiction, I grew up with these people,although they may have exaggerated the typical crowd size for a Bladesmatch. By the way, respect to Tony Currie.
"When saturday comes" is a movie i wont forget easily.Its about courage andchoices you take that affect your life.Its incredibly touching in somemoments and makes you feel compassion for Jimmy Muir.He is a guy who wantedto play football,but was refused the chance as a teenager and instead has togo the grey worker road to support himself.Then suddenly the chance hewanted 10 years ago is right there ahead of him.But he feels what most of usfelt when we first got our career breaks-he's afraid and unsecure.So hedrowns himself in drinking and other excesses to try and make the fear goaway.But it doesnt work that way.Instead he loses the chance he so muchwanted and is back on the grey dirty road again.The football field here has a symbolic meaning.Its the way out of his greyeveryday,a bright road that leads away from it to a better life.Thats whatmakes this movie so poignant.For Jimmy Muir there is no other way to have ahappy life.After losing both his brother and his girl,he is desperate andthinks life has no meaning anymore.But then he remembers what his brothersaid that symbolises the true spirit.That you have to give your best inorder to succeed in life and never give in for your fear.Sean Bean was great in this film.The recent years i have been admiring himmore and more and this film is a good reason to do it.Pete Postlethwaite andEmily Loyd make a great supporting cast.This is a movie to remember.8 out of10.
Uninspiring, total fairytale about a young Sheffield lad who never hasthe courage to pursue his dream of playing for local division one sideUnited. That is until he meets a girl who really believes in him, andthen everything changes."When Saturday Comes" is really a family drama about self-belief andself-destructive behaviour. It is not, however, a very good one. Toomany clichÃ©s and a pointed script can't manage to involve the audience.None of the cast, including Sean Bean, Emily Lloyd and PetePostlethwaite, are able to make you care. The final game is well stagedand appears authentic.Monday, January 12, 1998 - Video
If my opening sentence isn't clear enough, I must reiterate that this iswithout doubt one of the worst films I have ever seen. SEAN BEAN atrainee?He is clearly older than Gar McAllister. SEAN BEAN having casual sex withastripper? Sean always appears to have spent the day down a coal mine beingsprayed with acid. The man wasin Sharpe people, I'll accept no half measures.
Excellent film, I loved it. Great football action and cool scenes. Ilike the way Sean Bean has to fight hard to get ahead. The footballaction is very realistic. The mining scene was powerful. If you likea good stripper scene, this film is for you. The acting was great,Bean and Postlethwaite are at their best and the director reallycaptures the gritty feel of Northern England.
It was nice to see Emily Lloyd again in a British film. I was bothdisappointed and surprised . I was disappointed because of the direction andparts of the screenplay. The dialogue lines were full of clichÃ¨s but somescenes e.g. the dog in the betting office were very funny. I was surprisedabout the erotic scene between Emily Lloyd and Sean Bean. It was the bestscene in the whole film (though it was too short) and I hope they were notdoubled!
Likable soap opera in which ordinary Joe, Jimmy Muir (Sean Bean) gets tofulfill his childhood dream and turn out for his beloved Sheffield United.Cast is good, Football re-enactions are over dramatisted but effective andstory is good fun. It is easy to see why very few movies about Footballareproduced but this one is good entertainment all the way, just don't takeittoo seriously.
Eeeee by gum as they say in Yorkshire times are tough . On leaving schoollads have a choice of either working down the pits or in factories whilegirls have a choice of marrying a lad who works either down the pit face orin a factory . Further education doesn`t seem to be an option in Yorkshireeven though Sheffield does indeed have an university , I should know becauseI`ve been there . Oh didn`t all the coal mines close in Yorkshire sometimein the late 1980s ? In other words we`ve got a kitchen sink drama full ofstereotypes and anachronisms That said I did like WHEN SATURDAY COMES just because it`s a gritty dramawell acted by its cast . Despite being too old for his role by about tenyears Sean Bean plays his role very well especially if you only know him asa baddie from films like GOLDENEYE and PATRIOT GAMES . Emily Lloyd is alsogood and you really do feel for the characters in this film unlike theoverrated comedy drama THE FULL MONTY which was also set in Sheffield
Sean Bean stars as equally Sheffield United-mad brewery worker JimmyMuir, a talented footballer who was let down by authority figures as ayoung man. After ten years working a dead-end job the frustrated Muirmeets Annie Doherty, a pretty Irish love interest played by Englishactress Emily Lloyd, and soon after gets the second chance at his dreamthat such people always seem to get in these modern fairy tales. Yes,the formulaic plot is predictable and clichÃ©d, but it is stillenjoyable to watch and there are quite a few touching moments.Funnily enough, although this is a football film I felt one of thestrongest aspects of the film was the way it dealt with the personalrelationships between Jimmy and his family members and friends: PetePostlethwaite, for example, playing Jimmy's mentor Ken Jackson, puts ina strong, convincing performance, as well as John McEnery as Jimmy'sabusive father Joe. A subtle side-track detailing Joe's past and itsrelevance to Jimmy's present is cleverly done and is to me an importantpart of the film's overall message.Unusually for a sports film, the actual football is very well done.Director Maria Giese manages to do what so few directors have before orsince in getting both the match itself and the atmosphere right. Everygame portrayed is totally believable, from the park football at thebeginning to the climactic final match at the end. Giese should reallybe commended here; each match is very different and she gets theoverall feel of each one at least very close to spot on.One criticism I will give the film, however, is its ending, which seemsincredibly rushed and not really believable -- I know I said beforethat this is a fairy tale but watch the film and I'm sure you will seewhat I mean. I think that if you cut out ten minutes from earlier inthe film and add a few more minutes of action just before the film'sclimax, the movie would work a lot better. It just seems very sudden tome, that's all.Nevertheless, "When Saturday Comes" is an enjoyable watch, especiallyif you're a football fan. By no means brilliant, but still well worththe night in. 7/10.
If you think Sean Bean as a 25 year old footballer (he was 37 when thefilmwas made), playing park football at such a low level there is not even anygoalnets but can still hit the big time is a little incredulous then waituntil you see the film's finale.Those two gripes aside this is a likeable slice of English kitchen sinkdrama. A fine performance from John McEnery as Jimmys embittered, jealousfather added to an entertaining if predictable story mean this film iswellworth watching. Even the football action, which is notoriously difficulttocinemarise, is not as far from the real thing as most football action infilms is.Also not to be missed is a cameo appearance from legendary Blade, TonyCurrie. He looks like he has been to the acting school for nodding dogs totrain for his part.
When Saturday Comes is directed by Maria Giese who also adapts thescreenplay from a story by James Daly. It stars Sean Bean, Emily Lloyd,Craig Kelly, Pete Postlethwaite, John McEnery and Melanie Hill. Musicis by Anne Dudley and Joe Elliott of Def Leopard fame, andcinematography is by Grant Cameron and Gerry Fisher.Jimmy Muir (Bean) loves football, beer and women, his lads life is funbut certainly it could be better. Perhaps now that he is dating sexywages clerk Annie Doherty (Lloyd) things are starting to settle in hislife? More reason for optimism is that his football prowess has beennoticed by Ken Jackson (Postlethwaite), the coach of Hallam FC, a manwith friendly links to the manager of Jimmy's beloved Sheffield United.The world, it seems, is Jimmy's oyster, but problems at home, of theheart and socially, could scupper Jimmy's last chance for glory andlife fulfilment.Completely fantastical rags to riches sports movie with a keen eye forworking class based social realism, When Saturday Comes is one of thebetter football based movies out there. But it is in a genre splinterthat's hardly brimming with quality anyway. True enough to say it'streading familiar turf, and the ending holds absolutely no surprises atall. While the last quarter of film badly rushes to get to the "punchthe air moment", to leave the picture with a whiff of emptiness. Butit's the off field aspects of the tale that strike the better chords.Jimmy Muir is basically a good guy, he's just caught in the vortex of ablokey lifestyle. Themes of a parental stymie and peer pressure add abite to the screenplay, especially since the backdrop is one of aworking class place that offers only the mine and the brewery foremployment. Football is Jimmy's beacon of hope, it keeps him sane, butcan he be all he can be? As a character study, with Bean adding gritand emotional guts, Giese's film is assuredly a winner, if only thefootball aspects weren't so choppy and amateurish, then the film wouldbe better thought of in the sports movie sphere.Led by Bean, the performances are up to a good standard, even Lloyd,who manages to get away with an iffy Irish accent because her portrayalof Annie is so spunky and grounded. The photography suitably paints itas "Grim Up North", and Dudley's score is melodic and sits nicely withthe various emotive turns in the narrative. There's issues and goofswithin, especially obvious to those who know about British football,like how old is Bean? Mel Sterland playing for Sheffield United? A homesemi-final in the FA Cup? And there's that annoying rush in the lastquarter, where everything is condensed without thought to building upexpectation. But it shoots and scores most of the time, particularlywhen away from the football pitch. 6.5/10
The film was pretty good, and it portrayed Sheffield life fairly well. SeanBean's a great actor and looks good in the "Sharpe" series of films. BeingaSheffield United supporter and having seen many sports-based films before,it's almost always the same plot."An unknown nobody rises from the gutters of society to become an idolisedhero(ine) of whichever sport they play."Also, when writers make films following a sports career, the team/playerwill win almost all their games/matches/fights, but struggle in the finalmatch/game/bout. The team will fail, fail again and so on, until somepsychological breakthrough/substitution allows them to trounce theopposition by maybe one or two points/goals. Afterwards they becomeleague/series/championship winners until the sequel/rematch,right?Yeah, I enjoyed the ups and downs of Jimmy's new life, but I've seen itall before really. "The Full Monty" is a similar, better film I recommend.Cheers, Dom (14)
The BOREST (could i say so? or MOST BORING?) film i've ever seen (ok,maybe the second one: "Family Man" with Nicholas Cage is a little moreawful). God knows i love football, but this film disproved women arepossible to reason on sports. I've tried to watch it fearlessly, butcouldn't help it: it's a pale green bore with pathetic attempts to showthe "inner life of British working class heroes", "the class struggle"and all that. Soap opera meets Angry Young Men cinematography and goesto the area of a sugary drama. Dead dialogs. Puppet-like actors. Seemslike "directoresse" didn't even made them play something. She'd betterfocus on some TV-series like, sort of, "Grace Under Fire" or something.How the idea to make a FOOTBALL movie only came to the head of thisrespectable woman?? Do excuse my not-so-perfect English, guys. :-)
WHEN SATURDAY COMES is a little, British football flick but brilliant.Quitesimilar to FEVER PITCH but ten times more better. It provides booze, sexandexcitement on the pitch. You can't get fed up this the first time youwatchit. Brilliant and FULL MONTY style, this film was so exciting and SeanBeangives a good performance. It was so good that my popcorn finished aquarterof the way through it, that's how excited i was even though i had amega-deluxe bag. Blood rushed was rushing all over to different parts ofmybody. All that i could think of was football, sex, booze, football, sex,booze. WSC. What pardon?. WSC. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1. It is moreexcitingthan watching boring, boring Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea andBrazil.Ah, what's wrong?....your hot dog finished?, tomato ketchup spilt downyourjumper. WSC is brilliant.
This is a story of determination, conquering fears and realizing dreams. Set in Sheffield, England where the only career choices for many involves working in the brewery or the mines, this film depicts the struggle to achieve one's dream. Sean Bean fans will be rewarded with his extraordinary acting in a well written role that also gives Sean his chance to show off his skill as a footballer for the Sheffield Blades.(Soccer Club to those states-side.) Sean Bean plays the part of Jimmy Muir, a hard drinking brewery worker with the dream of becoming a footballer for his favorite club. Craig Kelly, playing Jimmy Muir's younger brother, is the believable character who helps Jimmy to find the determination succeed at football. Pete Postlethwaite as Ken Jackson shines as the coach who gives Jimmy the chance to shine. Emily LLoyd as Annie Doherty, is beautiful, talented, and a worthy love interest for Sean Bean's character, Jimmy Muir.
This is "Rocky", English football style. The plot is predictable, but sowhat? It is about doing the best that you can, learning from yourmistakes,and having courage to change things for the better. A good flick and wellworth watching.
I saw this film primarily because I am a supporter of Sheffield United. Tofully enjoy it however, you need to suspend belief and overlook some oftheinaccuracies that it contains. The depiction of Sheffield for example,appears to be more appropriate to the seventies than the nineties and someof the dialogue & accents were "out of date".However, these were small reservations and overall I enjoyed the film -mainly from the perspective Sheffield United fan. Come on youBlades!!!