Those Glory, Glory Days

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Julie Welch, football writer on The Observer, has written a charming - perhaps too charming - tale of schoolgirl enthusiasm based on her own youthful adulation of Tottenham Hotspur's '60s captain Danny Blanchflower. Only flashes of the acerbic wit and gift for satirical characterisation that graced her teleplay Singles are evident in this drawn-out and cloying contribution to David Puttnam's First Love series for C4 (unwisely given a cinema release after being seen on TV). 14-year-old Zoe Nathenson acts her heart out as the football-mad Julia, but the film itself, though likeable enough, never catches fire.

Release details

Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Philip Saville
Screenwriter: Julie Welch
Cast: Zoe Nathenson
Sara Sugarman
Cathy Murphy
Liz Campion
Julia McKenzie
Bryan Pringle
Danny Blanchflower
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stevewed

A thoroughly enjoyable wallow in 1960's nostalgia. Perhaps a touch too long and somewhat slow in parts, the film is redeemed by superb performances from the young leads and provides an unusual tribute to probably the greatest football team ever. A much better hymn of praise to a great football club than the predictable Fever Pitch. Enjoy!

stevewed

A thoroughly enjoyable wallow in 1960's nostalgia. Perhaps a touch too long and somewhat slow in parts, the film is redeemed by superb performances from the young leads and provides an unusual tribute to probably the greatest football team ever. A much better hymn of praise to a great football club than the predictable Fever Pitch. Enjoy!