Original Release: August 25, 2000 (UK)
Directed by: John Hay
Written by: Rik Carmichael, John Hay
Produced by: Jeremy Bolt, Andrea Calderwood, Bill Godfrey
Running Time: 106 minutes
Box Office: £101,282 (UK)
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.
Lewis McKenzie (Jimmy Grimble), Jane Lapotaire (Alice Brewer), Gina McKee (Donna), Ben Miller (Johnny Two Dogs), Samia Ghadie (Sara), Ray Winstone (Harry)
- Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK
- In the film, Jimmy supports the club Manchester City.
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: You little shite, you try anything with that notice again and you... are...
Psycho: Look out. Wirral
'Gorgeous' Gordon Burley: You'll be Dead!
Psycho: Later Grimble!
Eric Wirral: Alright six-a-side!
Jimmy Grimble: 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.
''My character is a very gentle man, very soft, I would describe him as being broken hearted - he's had his heart broken 20 years ago and he's never quite got over that.''
- Robert Carlyle
Ale Kino! - International Young Audience Film Festival
Berlin International Film Festival Award as Best Feature Film
Giffoni Film Festival Award as Free to Fly Selection
British Independent Film Award as Best Newcomer - Lewis McKenzie