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A Top British Film!
on 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.