HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Await Further Instructions
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
In Order of Disappearance
Charlotte's Web
Meg, The
Christmas Blood
Equalizer 2, The
1985
Mowgli
Ski School
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Age of Shadows, The
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Othello
First Reformed
Red White and Zero
Death Wish
Cry Wilderness
Heiresses, The
Millhouse: A White Comedy
Skyscraper
Born of Fire
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
Lucia
Yanks
Sweet November
Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The
Real Men
Shoplifters
Redeemer
   
 
Newest Articles
Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
A Name to Conjure With: David Nixon's Magic Box on DVD
Which 1950s Sci-Fi was Scariest? Invaders from Mars vs The Blob
The Empire Strikes Back: Khartoum vs Carry On Up the Khyber
Stan and Ollie's Final Folly: Atoll K on Blu-ray
The Big Grapple: Escape from New York and Its Influence
The Conquest of Everett: The Kenny Everett Video Show on DVD
Bout for the Count: Hammer's Dracula in the 1970s
Nopes from a Small Island: Mistreatment of American Stars in British Films
You Know, For Kids: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box
If He Were a Carpenter and It Was the 80s: The Fog, Prince of Darkness and They Live
Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
3 Simian Slashers: Phenomena, Link and Monkey Shines
When is a Jackie Chan Movie Not a Jackie Chan Movie? Armour of God and City Hunter
   
 
  Cup Fever The Big MatchBuy this film here.
Year: 1965
Director: David Bracknell
Stars: Bernard Cribbins, Sonia Graham, Dermot Kelly, David Lodge, Johnnie Wade, Norman Rossington, Denis Gilmore, Jim Morgan, Raymond Davies, Jeffrey Sirr, Stephen Walters, Glenn Slowther, Alan Harrison, Roger Kelly, Susan George, Olivia Hussey, Pip Rolls
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Barton United are a boys' football club from Manchester whose ground is basically a patch of wasteland, but it does the job, as today when they beat a rival team which gives them a shot at being in the final if all goes well. Their clubhouse is a shed, where the girls who follow them pump barrels of water in through the roof to make a shower after the matches, so it is all very much do it yourself, though this has not escaped the notice of the father (David Lodge) of Captain of one of their greatest enemy, who announces he has the power as a council man to close Barton and turn their field to better use, though his ulterior motives are plain to see: by eliminating them, his son's team will lift the trophy.

Cup Fever was a Children's Film Foundation production which has gone down in history thanks to its inclusion of actual Manchester United football players in a sequence where the boys' team meet manager Matt Busby and the rest of the players, and even seized the chance to have a kickabout with them in a training montage. We were not talking a Sylvester Stallone-style training montage, mind you, as it amounted to the kids trying out a few tactics as taught them by the professionals, but if they didn’t get any dialogue, seasoned football fans would be amused to pick out the likes of George Best, Bobby Charlton or Denis Law, seen in long shot but identifiable nevertheless as star performers of their day.

Movie fans would be more interested to spot the up and coming talents in the cast, most prominently among the long-suffering girls who traipse around after the boys, washing their kits and offering support when things looked bleak. Two in particular: Susan George was present as a sister of the Captain (Denis Gilmore), who has far more invested in the team than seemingly any ofthe actual players - she would go on to be a star in her own right with such movies as Straw Dogs and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry – and Olivia Hussey, familiar to generations of schoolkids studying Shakespeare as the teenage female lead in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, who also went onto an international career as a grown-up.

Among the adults, the invaluable Bernard Cribbins appeared as an initially intimidating but, it transpires, thoroughly decent policeman, who may put his foot down when it came to banning football in the street, but also arranges for Barton to meet with the United stars. He also offers the sensible advice not to run away from policemen, though doesn’t mention the obvious reason that it makes you look really suspicious. The sabotage from the baddies supplied the plot tensions, and you could marvel in passing at the names the young characters were given: the main antagonist was called Thumper Bates, and among the team were such monikers as Stopper, Puncher, Jumbo, Fatso (the portly trainer), Twinkle and Stanley Matthews (his given name, one assumes). Even one of the girls was called Hovis. Someone does fall in the water, though in a break from tradition they were not the villain at the conclusion of the story. All in all, ideal footy nostalgia. Music by Bill McGuffie.

[The BFI have released the Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box, which includes the following films:

Peril for the Guy
Cup Fever
Mr Horatio Knibbles
Anoop and the Elephant
The Zoo Robbery
The Battle of Billy's Pond
One Hour to Zero
4D Special Agents
Pop Pirates

Also included are a special feature length documentary The Children's Film Foundation Story, an interview with Veteran CFF writer John Tully, a booklet, and three shorts from the 1950s, all with heroic hounds.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 175 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Stately Wayne Manor
George White
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
Rashed Ali
   

 

Last Updated: