A Shot at Glory (2001)
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Seasoned goalkeeper-turned-coach Gordon McLeod makes a pact with best friend and fellow coach Martin Smith to turn down offers from a prestigious premier club. When Martin rescinds his promise and accepts an enticing contract, the betrayed Gordon returns to his hometown-fishing village. But the lure of the sport proves too much for Gordon and he is soon saddled with the onerous task of managing the town's struggling Second Division team. The club's new owner, Wall Street tycoon Peter Cameron, is determined to take the team to the Scottish Cup finals, and recruits faded Premiere League star Jackie McQuillan for that purpose. Gordon's shot at glory becomes a personal as well as a professional quest. His efforts culminate in the Scottish Cup final in Hampden Park, where Gordon's Knockies come face-to-face with the reigning cupholders, the mighty Glasgow Rangers, coached by his former friend Martin Smith. … More
as Gordon McLeod
as Peter Cameron
as Jackie McQuillan
as Kate McQuillan
as Martin Smith
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Critic Reviews for A Shot at Glory
more like a standard Hollywood product than celebration of Beautiful Game
In other words, it's just another sports drama/character study. Yet this one makes up for in heart what it lacks in outright newness. Plus, like I already mentioned...it's Robert Duvall! C'mon!
A sports movie with action that's exciting on the field and a story you care about off it.
Scotland looks wonderful, the fans are often funny fanatics, the showdown sure beats a bad day of golf.
Carrying off a spot-on Scottish burr, Duvall (also a producer) peels layers from this character that may well not have existed on paper.
Denis O'Neill's script avoids the prime sports cliche, a last-second goal to win the championship, but it neglects few others.
As its utterly generic title well suggests, leaves absolutely no cliche unexploited.
Not as distinctive or even as humorous as its needs to be to stand out, but it has clearly been made with affection and care.
The movie exists for its soccer action and its fine acting.
Alarms for Duvall's throbbing sincerity and his elderly propensity for patting people while he talks.
A solidly entertaining little film.
There are a couple of things that elevate "Glory" above most of its ilk, most notably the mere presence of Duvall.
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