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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 July 2012
1996's 'When Saturday Comes' is a low budget, uplifting British drama which has 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,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.
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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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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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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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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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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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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 January 2012
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 14 May 2015
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!
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on 5 July 2000
This film is about a young man from the gritty town of sheffield and his dream is toplay for the blades (Sheff Utd) He forfills his dream despite the fact he faces the death of his brother, the stick off his his dad and his drinking problem Jimmy Muir becomes a star. Pete Poselwaithe is brilliant.
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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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