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The Magnificent Eleven [DVD]

3.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Keith Allen, Robert Vaughn, Paul Barber, Sean Pertwee, Phillip Rhys
  • Directors: Jeremy Wooding
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 13 May 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,856 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: THE MAGNIFICENT ELEVEN is a modernisation of the classic Western, from the creator of Trainspotting Irvine Welsh, in which the Cowboys are a local amateur soccer team, the Indians run a nearby Tandoori restaurant, and the bandits are a group of menacing thugs led by a maniac known simply as American Bob (played by Robert Vaughn - the last surviving member of The Magnificent Seven).

When local Sunday league team - The Cowboys - finally run out of money to keep the team afloat they do what they always do to drown their sorrows after losing a match, head to an Indian restaurant for a meal. The thing is they're that bad that they've been barred from every Indian restaurant in town, except one… The Taj Tandori. But when the time comes to pay the bill the realisation of not having enough money finally hits home. Instead of calling the Police and barring them, like all the previous restaurant owners have, the owner of the Taj offers the Cowboys an interesting proposition - he won't call the Police in exchange the Cowboys must work in the restaurant in shifts. In return he offers them a sponsorship deal, remaining the team the Taj Cowboys and buying them a ridiculous new kit. Unbeknownst to the Cowboys he really wants to use them as security against local racketeers run by a psychotic gangster known only as American Bob. Trying to reason with American Bob only leads to more woe, as he takes out a personal vendetta against them, resulting in their hut being burnt to the ground and the restaurant threatened with the same fate.

When the chips are down the Cowboys and the Indians must form the most unlikely of alliances and take on the bandits head on. Together they'll prove that eleven united can never be defeated.

Starring Keith Allen ( Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Robin Hood), Sean Pertwee ( Dog Soldiers, Event Horizon, 4,3,2,1), Gary Mavers ( Dead Man's Cards, S.N.U.B!, Peak Practice), Phillip Rhys ( Nip/Tuck, 24, Survivors), Jenna Harrison ( My Brother Tom, Against The Dark, Telling Lies) with Paul Barber ( The Full Monty, The 51st State, Only Fools And Horses) and Robert Vaughn ( The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Bullitt), THE MAGNIFICENT ELEVEN is a feel - good British comedy in a similar vein to The Full Monty & Bend it like Beckham with a nod to Slumdog Millionaire.


  • Interview with Robert Vaughan
  • Commentary with Director Jeremy Wooding and Producer John Adams
  • Cowboys and Indians Behind-The-Scenes Featurette.
  • The Good the Bad and the Fruity Behind-The-Scenes Featurette.
  • The Mild Bunch Behind-The-Scenes Featurette.
  • A Fistful of Crochets Behind-The-Scenes Featurette.
  • Trailer

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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
The Magnificent Eleven of the title are a bunch of boozy amateur league footballers, they are so bad that scoring one goal is seen as the equal of winning the World Cup! Unfortunately because they are so bad they can’t get sponsorship and are about to fold. That is until a raucous night at the local Indian takeaway results in the saving of the team. But lurking around with menace is local thug American Bob, who along with his henchman are putting the squeeze on the restaurant for protection money owed.

Paul Barber is the manager, Keith Allen is the captain and Sean Pertwee is the star player! That’s enough for British film fans to know just what sort of film this is. In truth in spite of its snazzy cast list, it’s not very good, the attempt at making a play on The Magnificent Seven, with Robert Vaughn turning up as American Bob, never really works. However, for football fans, and especially those that have played Sunday league footie, there is charm to be found and some genuine laugh out loud moments. Only a Sunday league player in Britain could understand why a team called Real Sociopath is genius funny.

A select audience only for this one, non Brits need not apply. 5/10
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The only reason I bought this film is because I'm in it and even then I've only given the film three stars. If I wasn't in it, it would barely make one star. Nothing to see here. Except the scene with me in it.
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This is a true budget marvel when you realise it was made for under £800k. Its easy to sit back and miss some subtleties as you might just not switch on soon enough, I beg you to do so. All performances are indeed credible and the story line doesn't drop as some other reviewers have implied. I think some reviewers were expecting a standard LA Warner Bros £25mill job. Us Brit's do what we do best, and its made for us Brits and we get it. It is refreshing that the attempt has been successful to make a story with a happy end and we know this is real myth and fantasy in our 21st C world, but we have lost this feel today of a feel-good factor film against the general carnage and porn we have been subjected to for too long. This film gives us back the ability to enjoy a wry smile, a good titter, with a hint of darkness in small instance, a balance that is perfect and well engineered. The speed of the film is carefully calculated to match what it is and this is exact, it is a true update of our great Ealing legacy. It might not be for your Saturday night blockbuster, but it is perfect for the Sunday afternoon once you've got back from the pub. I reckon if one really knocks this, you've not watched it properly or you just need to watch loads of massive budget LA CGI films.
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Is this the new Full Monty? doesn't hit that level and has a much more old fashioned Carry On feel about some of the humour. But Full Monty was 15 years ago and this is one of the better attempts to capture that British underdog spirit since Bend It Like Beckham. It doesn't feel very Irvine Welsh except perhaps one or two glimpses of his darker tone; and the appearance of Robert Vaughn in quite a major role is a great nod to the original western but the similarities mostly end there except the occasional reference and the music (which is great!)... Overall this film is a good concept, reasonably well executed to deliver a feel good British comedy which is a welcome break from the negativity of gangs and violence churned out by British cinema in recent years. Sad that it will inevitably be negatively compared to other films rather than judged on it's own merits.
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Watched this round my mate's while we were nursing our relative hangovers. Really didn't expect much but, wow, boy I was wrong.

The opening credits have an explosiveness to rival any Marvel film and just as you're getting ready to get back on your seat, you're thrown in at the deep end of a non-stop blistering-paced football match. Some of the re-enacting of the sport was so spot on that I felt I was watching the Champions League final. In one scene, a player throws himself to the ground after he's been recklessly challenged. From the passion and sheer determination on his part to make sure the scene stays true to the game, he takes an almighty jump and lands on his head. I think he broke his neck. He's not in the rest of the film. That's dedication.

So what about the storyline itself?? You know, they say some of the best ideas come from closing time down the pub, and this movie totally justifies that saying. So we have the football team in the middle, with an almighty tug-of-war on both sides as to who will be their sponsor. I know what you're thinking, isn't this a re-make of the Magnificent Seven? Well no, it' isn't. Luckily, the producer's had the foresight to steer well away from any pending lawsuits by making a film at the other end of the spectrum and completely independent in it's originality.

In a real masterstroke by the movies' producers, the audience remains completely emotionally detached from any character for the entire length of the film, thus leaving creative license for any scenario. For example, the entire cast could have simultaneously combusted at any moment and I couldn't have cared less. It wouldn't bother me. Genius.

Just a special mention to Keith Allen's character who oozes charisma and charm, a real throwback to the days Humphrey Bogart and James Stewart, delivering his lines impeccably (even though his character is clearly autistic).

Bravo everyone involved.
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