One Night in Turin

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One Night in Turin
One Night in Turin theatrical release poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJames Erskine
Produced byJames Erskine
Victoria Gregory
Alex Holmes
Screenplay byJames Erskine
Story byPete Davies
Based onAll Played Out by Pete Davies
StarringBobby Robson
Paul Gascoigne
Colin Moynihan
Douglas Hurd
Margaret Thatcher
Graham Kelly
Narrated byGary Oldman
Music byStuart Hancock
CinematographyLol Crawley
Edited byRobin Peters
New Black Films
Distributed byKaleidoscope
Release date
  • 19 May 2010 (2010-05-19) (United Kingdom)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

One Night in Turin is a 2010 British documentary film directed by James Erskine, and written by Pete Davies and James Erskine. The documentary is about the England football team during 1990 FIFA World Cup and left the nation undone by West Germany on penalties in the semi-final. It looks at the social and political context of the event as well as how it changed people's perception of football and the England team.


Adapted from[1] Pete Davies' eye-witness account All Played Out,[2][3][4] a memoir of the England football team's World Cup adventure at the 1990 World Cup.[5] The film weaves together the strands of a narrative which has a distinctive arc.[6] It has a subjective tone, which speaks from the perspective of one who was there at the time.[7][8]

The film only uses archive footage – there are no modern contextual interviews, all the footage is from the time.[9] "It offers context to the improbable rise of the England football team[1] and the social and political aspect of this film is a backdrop used to make England's footballing achievement seem like a defining moment that brought a divided nation together."[7]

It uses a mixture of archive footage (much of it previously unseen), narration, and recreated scenes.[7] The match action is intercut with reconstructed, modern-day footage:[9] the recreations shot by Lol Crawley take the form of close-ups which involve isolating and emphasising one moment of detail in order to create a heightened sense of drama and present a "You Are There" feeling to England's run in the 1990 tournament.[7]


The film revisits the iconic footballing footage:[10] Paul Gascoigne's tears, Gary Lineker's goals,[5] David Platt's volley against Belgium, Lineker mouthing to the touchline after Gascoigne's yellow card against West Germany,[11] Bobby Robson's rueful smile[5] and consoling Gascoigne with the words, "You've got your life ahead of you. This is your first."[6] As well as English football hooligans,[5] Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher backing a proposal to stop England going to Italy,[9] Tory Sports minister Colin Moynihan encouraging the Italian police[11] to be extremely firm with England's supporters,[6] the tabloid press hounding of Sir Bobby[9][11][12] and Chris Waddle's calamitous penalty shoot-out kick.[5] It weaves rare, unseen footage with a Gary Oldman-voiced narrative and a soundtrack with early nineties music.[11]

Setting the World Cup in a wider socio-political context, Erskine examines how close hooliganism came to wrecking the competition and how quickly sports minister Colin Moynihan condoned the Italian authorities' heavy-handed tactics. But the emphasis is most firmly on Robson's battles with the media and the emergence of Paul Gascoigne as the tournament's superstar.[13] It climaxes with the night at the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin when they lost the semi-final to West Germany on penalties.[5] The film ends abruptly but over the credits there is England's highlights since then.[9]

It is subtitled: The Inside Story of a World Cup that Changed Our Footballing Nation Forever.[6] Erskine sticks closely to Davies' book meaning he never strays far from the narrative of Davies' book.[11]



One Night in Turin official film score album is by British composer Stuart Hancock[14] and was released a digital EP by MovieScore Media on 1 June 2010. The film's soundtrack used popular music of the time from The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, New Order and The Charlatans.[15]

One Night in Turin
One Night in Turin CD cover.jpg
Film score by
Stuart Hancock
Released1 June 2010 (2010-06-01)
Stuart Hancock chronology
Bodyguard: A New Beginning (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
One Night in Turin
Hawk (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

One Night in Turin (Original Motion Picture Score) is the film score of British documentary film One Night in Turin, written and directed by James Erskine, and based on Pete Davies' book All Played Out. The album is the third soundtrack/film score by British composer Stuart Hancock.

Darren Rea of Review Graveyard said of the score, "It's short, it's sweet, but not a second of this EP is wasted. This is wall to wall, grade A quality material. Listen out for Stuart Hancock in the future - this is a name you'll hopefully be hearing a lot of."[14]

All music is composed by Stuart Hancock and The Bratislava Symphony Orchestra.

1."Nessun Dorma (From Turandot)"Stuart Hancock, Sean Ruane2:38
2."Planet Football"Hancock0:45
3."Trusted Lieutenants"Hancock0:46
4."The Minister for Sport"Hancock1:05
5."England vs. West Germany" (Part 1)Hancock3:49
6."England vs. West Germany" (Part 2)Hancock2:59
7."England vs. West Germany" (Part 3: Incorporating Nessun Dorma)Hancock, Ruane7:24
Total length:19:26


Group stage[edit]

England 1–1 Republic of Ireland
Lineker Goal 8' Report Sheedy Goal 73'

England 0–0 Netherlands

England 1–0 Egypt
Wright Goal 58' Report
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 4
 Republic of Ireland 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
 Netherlands 3 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
 Egypt 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1 2

Knockout stage[edit]

Round of 16
England 1–0 (a.e.t.) Belgium
Platt Goal 119' Report
England 3–2 (a.e.t.) Cameroon
Platt Goal 25'
Lineker Goal 83' (pen.)105' (pen.)
Report Kundé Goal 61' (pen.)
Ekéké Goal 65'
Attendance: 55,205
West Germany
GK 1 Bodo Illgner
SW 5 Klaus Augenthaler
RWB 14 Thomas Berthold
CB 4 Jürgen Kohler
CB 6 Guido Buchwald
LWB 3 Andreas Brehme Yellow card 110'
CM 8 Thomas Häßler Substituted off 67'
CM 10 Lothar Matthäus (c)
CM 20 Olaf Thon
CF 9 Rudi Völler
CF 18 Jürgen Klinsmann
GK 12 Raimond Aumann
DF 2 Stefan Reuter Substituted in 67'
DF 16 Paul Steiner
MF 17 Andreas Möller
FW 13 Karl-Heinz Riedle
Remaining squad:
CM 7 Pierre Littbarski
FW 11 Frank Mill
MF 15 Uwe Bein
DF 19 Hans Pflügler
FW 21 Günter Hermann
GK 22 Andreas Köpke
Franz Beckenbauer
GK 1 Peter Shilton
SW 14 Mark Wright Yellow card 79'
RB 12 Paul Parker
CB 6 Terry Butcher (c) Substituted off 70'
CB 5 Des Walker
LB 3 Stuart Pearce
RM 8 Chris Waddle
CM 19 Paul Gascoigne Yellow card 98'
LM 17 David Platt
CF 10 Gary Lineker
CF 9 Peter Beardsley
GK 13 Chris Woods
DF 15 Tony Dorigo
MF 16 Steve McMahon
MF 20 Trevor Steven Substituted in 70'
FW 21 Steve Bull
Remaining squad:
DF 2 Gary Stevens
DF 4 Neil Webb
MF 7 Bryan Robson
MF 11 John Barnes
MF 18 Steve Hodge
GK 22 Dave Beasant
Bobby Robson

Man of the Match:
Gary Lineker (England)

Joël Quiniou (France)
Armando Perez Hoyos (Columbia)

Match rules:

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra-time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Five substitutes named, of which two may be used


The Daily Mail called it "The finest footballing adventure of a generation." The Times described it as "A wonderful reminiscence of a life-changing time." David Parkinson of Radio Times said, "...the movie relives the events with suitable enthusiasm and nostalgia."[13] David Jenkins of Time Out thought "It's a familiar tale, but only the hardest of hearts would dismiss its storytelling gusto and clever use of archive footage."[1] Richard Firth of This Is Local London rated it 4/5 and said, "One Night in Turin does justice to all the emotion entwined around it [the 1990 World Cup]. It brings to mind all the thoughts and feelings you had at the time and it reveals some things you may never have spotted..."[9][16] Warren Howard of Belfast Telegraph thought "One Night in Turin manages to be an effective historical document as well as an engaging retelling of England's dramatic progress towards an unforgettable semi-final with West Germany during the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Yet it's still the iconic footballing footage that really hits home..."[10] Nicholas Barber of The Independent on Sunday called it "Timely".[17]

Tom Dawson of Total Film thought "Erskine's One Night In Turin argues that the endeavours of Bobby Robson's players eased the memories of Heysel and Hillsborough, leading to a rebirth of the national game..."[2] Richard Luck of said, "More compelling still is Erskine's insistence that, as disappointing as defeat might have been, the way England played throughout Italia 90 went a long way towards soothing the nightmares of Heysel, Bradford and Hillsborough. It's a well-constructed argument that points up the insignificance of victory and defeat in the greater scheme of things." He added: "One night in Turin might have restored national pride but it pointed towards the selfishness that has since ruined the beautiful game."[18]

Kevin Pocock of Den of Geek rated the film 2/5 and described is as "a well-constructed, finely narrated, re-stitching of that titular night in Turin, intriguing for those who didn't witness the events when they happened, and equally so for those who haven't mulled it to death since."[12] Robert Beames of What Culture thought "...anyone with an interest in football history (or even anyone nostalgic for Italia ’90) will find themselves engaged and excited by all this material. However, if you have no interest in football (and have no memory of 1990), then it would hard to you getting anything out of this documentary film."[7] Ronald Short of College Movie Review scored the film a D- and said, "For an indie film, it's decent. I'm sure the soccer fans will love it, but as for the rest of us? It's nothing really worth watching."[19]

Mark Douglas of The Journal described it as "It is an unashamedly enjoyable hour and a half."[11] He added: "Perhaps the film might have been beefed up by a few talking heads slots, which would have given the main protagonists an opportunity to expand on their roles in this particular passion play."[11] Edward Porter of The Sunday Times said, "Like many an England performance, it's the work of a team making the best of limited resources. Not only are there no interviews, but the footage of the game — and of all the other matches covered in the build-up — is patchy."[20] Peter Martin of Twitch Film thought "Much time and care was spent on the recreations, but they have an odd flavor, with the majority of them consisting of unnecessary inserts that stick out from the archival material like a series of sore thumbs." He added: "Gary Oldman, who narrates, speaks in flat, even tones... It's a refreshing, realistic approach, but it's undermined by the recreations. I wonder if all that time and effort wouldn't have been better served by integrating modern-day interviews providing historical perspective, such as the interview with author Pete Davies that's included as one of the extras."[8]

David Edwards of the said, "One Night In Turin... provides an entertaining look at how manager Bobby Robson became a national hero and Gazza's tears made him a celebrity. Crucially, though, it fails to tell us anything we didn't already know."[21] Anthony Quinn of The Independent said thought "The director James Erskine catches something of the mood ("Nessun Dorma" is in there too), but offers nothing in the way of perspective or second thoughts."[5] Philip French of The Observer said, "The film is strictly for nostalgists and students of visual and verbal clichés."[22] Phil of De Semlyen of Empire rated the film 2/5 and called it "Nostalgic viewing for fans that offers up too little by way of fresh insights."[23]

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said, "As it is, One Night in Turin looks a bit like a DVD given away with a Sunday newspaper – but watchable, nevertheless."[24] Wendy Idle of The Times said, "All documentaries tend to nudge reality towards a slightly heightened sense of drama but this is like taking a shameless dive in the penalty area: a little undignified."[25]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Jenkins, David (4 May 2010). "One Night in Turin (15)". Time Out. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b Dawson, Tom (27 April 2010). "One Night In Turin". Total Film. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  3. ^ "One Night in Turin: The Inside Story of a World Cup that Changed our Footballing Nation Forever [Paperback]". 15 April 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Book Review: All Played Out: The Full Story of Italia '90 – Pete Davies (also published as One Night in Turin)". The Sports Book Review. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Quinn, Anthony (7 May 2010). "One Night in Turin (15)". The Independent. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d Rees, Jasper (5 May 2010). "One Night in Turin". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d e Beames, Robert. "ONE NIGHT IN TURIN; nostalgic & bittersweet". What Culture. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  8. ^ a b Martin, Peter (8 August 2011). "ONE NIGHT IN TURIN DVD Review". Twitch Film. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Firth, Richard (21 May 2010). "DVD REVIEW: One Night in Turin ****". London: This Is Local London. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  10. ^ a b Howard, Warren (28 May 2010). "DVD: One Night in Turin (15)". Belfast Telegraph. Belfast. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Douglas, Mark (13 May 2010). "Review: One Night In Turin". The Journal. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  12. ^ a b Pocock, Kevin (10 May 2010). "One Night In Turin review". Den of Geek. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  13. ^ a b Parkinson, David. "One Night in Turin". Radio Times. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  14. ^ a b Rea, Darren (1 June 2010). "One Night in Turin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack EP)". Review Graveyard. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  15. ^ "One Night in Turin (2010)". Music & Movies Cafe. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  16. ^ Firth, Richard (21 May 2010). "DVD REVIEW: One Night in Turin ****". Croydon: Croydon Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  17. ^ Barber, Nicholas (2 October 2011). "Hot Tub Time Machine, Steve Pink, 99 mins, (15) A Nightmare on Elm Street, Samuel Bayer, 102 mins, (18) The Back-Up Plan, Alan Poul, 103 mins, (12A)". The Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  18. ^ Luck, Richard (2009). "One Night In Turin review". Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  19. ^ "One Night in Turin". College Movie Review. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  20. ^ Porter, Edward (9 May 2010). "One Night in Turin". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  21. ^ Edwards, David (7 May 2010). "Film reviews: Four Lions, One Night In Turin and SUS". Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  22. ^ French, Philip (9 May 2010). "One Night in Turin". The Observer. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  23. ^ De Semlyen, Phil (10 May 2010). "One Night in Turin". Empire. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  24. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (6 May 2010). "One Night in Turin". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  25. ^ Porter, Edward (7 May 2010). "One Night in Turin". The Times. Retrieved 30 June 2014.

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