- Actors: Sean Bean, Emily Lloyd, Pete Postlethwaite
- Directors: Maria Giese
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: In2film
- DVD Release Date: 23 Mar. 2009
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001PU8DLW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,099 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
When Saturday Comes  [DVD]
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Jimmy Muir is a hard-drinking brewery worker in the city of Sheffield, with an arrogant lack of respect for authority. His entire life has been orientated by football and he possesses the potential, but has never had the courage or discipline to make anything of it. Jimmy is spotted by Ken Jackson, whilst playing for his pub team. Ken is the manager of Hallam football club, a local non-league team. After continually playing brilliantly for Hallam, Jimmy gets offered a trial at Sheffield United. The evening before the trial he gets drunk, and wakes up feeling very rough. Consequently he fails to impress the Sheffield United manager. Jimmy then has to consider his future and his choices and if he has the self discipline to succeed!
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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,an unsupportive father, and his own bad habits. What this movie touches upon the most is that of the importance of having courage, and how the unwise choices that you take will affect your life. It's naturally very touching in parts as it is amusing, and you just can't help but feel sorry for Jimmy and his brother, for life isn't easy in their gritty northern town of Sheffield (which is Bean's real-life home town), and there are only really two things to do there: work down a pit, or work in a factory. Despite what he's seen happen to the folk around him, 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 makes a great supporting player as the talent scout who spots Bean's character, and a good story. I would definitely say that 'When Saturday Comes' will not just appeal to fans of football, as there is enough to look at here for other people to really enjoy it for what it essentially is, an excellent gritty British drama which really leaves you feeling good after you've watched it.
Apart from the customary scene selection, this DVD release has no special features, which is a shame, as I'd have welcomed a good commentary option over this delightful little flick, which Sean Bean has said was one very close to his heart.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good film, great actors Sean Bean and the late great Pete postlethwaite but VERY BAD Bluray AvoidPublished 3 months ago by D B DAVIES
retrospectively this is a good soundtrack compilation -particularly PaulCarrack's blue eyed soul of "Back on My Feet" .Published 4 months ago by christopher phipps
realy enjoyed this film also very good condition will buy again.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer