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When Saturday Comes [DVD] [1996]
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2009
I was not expecting a lot from this film but was pleasantly surprised. It is about the life of a factory worker (Jimmy Muir played by Sean Bean) who loves his football, drinking & family. Jimmy meets the office wages clerk (Emily Lloyd) and falls for her. Then he gets offered a trial at his beloved Sheffield United. On the eve of the trial due to pressure from his mates he goes on a bender. He loses his chance of a football career and his girl. Then fate steps in when an accident happens at the mine. This time he will not make the same mistake again. He calls on Ken (Pete Postlethwaite - excellent as always)to help him train and get a second trial. Great sound track. Good northern film. Very watchable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
'When Saturday Comes' is a low budget British drama with some very good moments. Sean Bean is excellent as the film's main character Jimmy, a man who dreams of becoming a professional footballer, only to be tied down by his hard-drinking friends, his unsupportive father and his own bad habits. The film's main themes are that of courage and choices that you take that will affect your life. It is also very touching in parts and you just can't help but feel sorry for Jimmy and his brother, life isn't easy in their gritty northern town, there are only really two things to do there: work down a pit, or work in a factory. Jimmy is determined however to do something more with his life.

This film notably has very strong acting, especially from the late Pete Postlethwaite who is a great supporting player, and a good story. I would say that 'When Saturday Comes' will not just appeal to fans of football, there is enough here for other people to really enjoy it and enjoy it for what it is, an excellent gritty drama.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2012
When Blu-rays are done properly, ideally going back to their original film elements, they can look absolutely breathtaking. This is just as true for a film from the 30s or 40s as it is for a film 10 years old. But when people are already dubious about the upgrade from DVD to Blu-ray, films like When Saturday Comes are an absolute travesty.

The film itself is not too bad. Sean Bean plays Sheffield United fan Jimmy Muir, and when he gets scouted putting in some amazing performances for his local non-league team, he gets the chance to really impress and make a debut for The Blades. But he's got a crazy brother, and his dad's a raging alcoholic, and his home life threatens his success and potential. It's a classic rags to riches story, the script itself is predictable, but Bean's always good value and he puts in a good performance here (though it's obvious he can't even pretend to know how to kick a ball!), and Pete Postlethwaite is excellent as his short-tempered manager. It's not a great football film (see The Damned United for one of those), but it's worth a watch. However, whatever you do, please do not buy it on Blu-ray. It looks more like a dodgy VHS that a cutting-edge Blu-ray, the image is soft and murky, the colours are all dull. I honesty have never seen anything as awful as this on Blu-ray, and if distributors continue to release rubbish like this people will start to lose confidence in Blu-ray, which is a shame because as I mentioned at the start of this review, if done properly they can look stunning. There's no excuse for this. I'd give it 3 stars on DVD, it only gets 1 star on Blu-ray. Avoid like the bubonic plague.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2013
A really enjoyable film, bit of swearing, but nothing you wouldn't hear any day of the week and not done offensively. A brilliant cast, Sean Bean gives a tremendous performance and is very ably supported by the now late Pete Postlethwaite. who was one of Britain's finest actors. I can watch this film over and over and never get fed up with it. In my opinion, it certainly rates as one of the "must see" films of all time - it has everything, humour tinged with sadness and certainly stirs the emotions.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2004
When Saturday Comes is a footBall Drama Film set in Sheffield about a boy called Jimmy Muir who as we first seen him has two options after his last day at School he can rather go down the pit or work down at the Factory as suggested by his careers advisor at School.But the boy has other ideas he wants to play professional football thats all he has ever wanted to do.
Some years later that boy has grown up and becomes Sean Beans Character(Adult)Jimmy Muir and works at a Factory.The film then goes through the various trails and tributations of him experiencing family life,romance with Emily Lloyd(the romance interest) who he meets at the factory,his sucess on the football pitch playing for the local pub football team, and how he manages his life.
All in all i would say i enjoyed watching this film,if you are in to a football as well as Sean Bean,ie you like some of the films that he has done then its well worth a look
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2013
It's great it came a few days after I had purchased it and I had never seen this film shot in my home town of Sheffield.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2004
If you like football, this is the main reason you're eyeing up this movie. Well, you'll get your football and your Roy of the Rovers heroics, plus some healthy touches such as the pain as well as the glory of a so-called top lifestyle.
The whole atmosphere of the film is pretty coarse, but there are intersting takes on the rather absent father-son relationship, and an excellently played mother - very understated but effective.
But I guess most of you want to see goals, imagine you are playing for your dream team, so this will stimulate a daydream or two!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2012
a great film to watch its not all about football a really good storyline could bring a tear to your eye
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
When Saturday Comes is directed by Maria Giese who also adapts the screenplay from a story by James Daly. It stars Sean Bean, Emily Lloyd, Craig Kelly, Pete Postlethwaite, John McEnery and Melanie Hill. Music is by Anne Dudley and Joe Elliott of Def Leopard fame, and cinematography is by Grant Cameron and Gerry Fisher.

Jimmy Muir (Bean) loves football, beer and women, his lads life is fun but certainly it could be better. Perhaps now that he is dating sexy wages clerk Annie Doherty (Lloyd) things are starting to settle in his life? More reason for optimism is that his football prowess has been noticed by Ken Jackson (Postlethwaite), the coach of Hallam FC, a man with friendly links to the manager of Jimmy's beloved Sheffield United. The world, it seems, is Jimmy's oyster, but problems at home, of the heart and socially, could scupper Jimmy's last chance for glory and life fulfilment.

Completely fantastical rags to riches sports movie with a keen eye for working class based social realism, When Saturday Comes is one of the better football based movies out there. But it is in a genre splinter that's hardly brimming with quality anyway. True enough to say it's treading familiar turf, and the ending holds absolutely no surprises at all. While the last quarter of film badly rushes to get to the "punch the air moment", to leave the picture with a whiff of emptiness. But it'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 a blokey lifestyle. Themes of a parental stymie and peer pressure add a bite to the screenplay, especially since the backdrop is one of a working class place that offers only the mine and the brewery for employment. Football is Jimmy's beacon of hope, it keeps him sane, but can he be all he can be? As a character study, with Bean adding grit and emotional guts, Giese's film is assuredly a winner, if only the football aspects weren't so choppy and amateurish, then the film would be 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 portrayal of Annie is so spunky and grounded. The photography suitably paints it as "Grim Up North", and Dudley's score is melodic and sits nicely with the various emotive turns in the narrative. There's issues and goofs within, especially obvious to those who know about British football, like how old is Bean? Mel Sterland playing for Sheffield United? A home semi-final in the FA Cup? And there's that annoying rush in the last quarter, where everything is condensed without thought to building up expectation. But it shoots and scores most of the time, particularly when away from the football pitch. 6.5/10
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on 25 August 2011
good film with a nice happy ending. Was'nt too sure about watching it at first it was my fiance that ordered it as i thought it was just about football and im not really a fan lol, it is football based but has a really good story line.
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