The Magnificent Eleven [DVD]
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't know what to expect. Enjoyed the film and would recommend it to anyone who needs cheering up.Published 4 months ago by peter shelley
Unbelievably bad - literally the worst film I have seen. Acting, script - you name it, absolutely dire. Read morePublished 19 months ago by mr s j roberts
... but I will struggle to forgive him for this awful film. No idea why good actors took this job.Published on 31 Mar. 2014 by Miss Karen F Cork
Arguably the worst film I have ever seen.Incomprehensible plot, appalling dialogue, terrible acting.Just unbelievably bad. Read morePublished on 12 Sept. 2013 by D. A. Besser
An under-the-radar Britcom with a decent cast that is well worth a watch. Grab a few beers, settle and have a giggle.Published on 15 Aug. 2013 by rakeem18
If you want an easy, fun film.. then 'Magnificent Eleven' is the one. It's a good fun British film with humour that you can just sit back and enjoy...Give it a go..Published on 13 Jun. 2013 by J. Dawe
I really enjoyed the playful elements of western meets gangsters. Well-made and with good performances. Fun and funny.
Look out for Irvine Welsh as a curry house customer!