This film is, more or less, a feeble fantasy story for Sean Bean to play for Sheffield United. The storyline is feeble, amateurish, predictable, full of clichés, and it's dull. Unless you're a Sheffield United fan, don't waste your time and money.
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.
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
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!
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
This film is quite possibly the worst I have ever seen, it's fun to watch however just the list the tired old cliches (done badly) on parade; hard drinking northern lad, slutty local lasses, thwarted dreams, poor relationship with father, devoted but wise oirish lassie, pit disaster, brotherly love, premarital pregnancy, even the character names - Jimmy, Baz,Daz,Mabel etc are cliches.In attempting to pay homage, it unwittingly undermines the credibility of such classic films as Kes, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Sons and Lovers and even Rocky....yes Rocky!It appears to be simply an ego trip for the (terribly overrated) Sean Bean, who always fancied himself as a Sheff' United player, but apparently was even worse at football than he was at acting!
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.
Obviously a labour of love project for Sean Bean,but none the worse for it! Not a classic by any means,but a decent film.Great performances by all involved especially the much missed Pete Postlethwaite! Well worth what I paid for it!