There's Only One Jimmy Grimble

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There's Only One Jimmy Grimble
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DVD cover
Directed by John Hay
Written by Rik Carmichael
Simon Mayle
John Hay
Starring Robert Carlyle
Lewis McKenzie
Jane Lapotaire
Gina McKee
Ben Miller
Samia Ghadie
Release date
25 August 2000
Running time
106 minutes
Language English

There's Only One Jimmy Grimble, also known as Jimmy Grimble, is a 2000 British drama film centred on one young boy's dream to play for Manchester City F.C. The film is set around Oldham, Greater Manchester, England.


Jimmy Grimble (Lewis McKenzie) is a 15-year-old misfit living in Manchester, where nothing seems to go his way. Jimmy is constantly threatened by the school bully, "Gorgeous" Gordon (Bobby Power); he is also not sure what to make of Johnny (Ben Miller), a lost-in-the-ozone biker who is dating Donna (Gina McKee), Jimmy's mum; and he has a crush on one of his classmates, Sara (Samia Ghadie), who seems to like him, but his powers of speech invariably fail him when he tries to talk to her. Like most Mancunians, Jimmy loves football. He is a fervent supporter of Manchester City and attends home games with Donna's ex-boyfriend, Harry (Ray Winstone). Jimmy also loves to play football, but while Eric (Robert Carlyle), the coach of his school's team, thinks he has potential, "Gorgeous" is already a skilled player, and when Gordon's father informs the school he will make a large and much-needed donation if their team makes it to the Manchester Schools Cup final, it looks like Jimmy will be on the bench for a while. But when an old woman gives Jimmy a pair of boots that once belonged to one of City's greatest players, his skills on the field begin to change.


Film references[edit]

  • The Terminator (1984) - During the opening scene Jimmy references the film, while talking to himself in the mirror.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – 27 minutes into the film, one of the bullies tells Jimmy that Freddie Krueger has nightmares because of Jimmy's mum.
  • Lethal Weapon (1987) - During the opening scene Jimmy references the film while talking to himself in the mirror.

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