• Publication date: July 4, 2009

It's Not Just About Football, It's About Pride Inside! Not Your Usual Suspects

A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

Danny Meehan was the former captain of England�s national soccer team � until officials discovered that he rigged a game between his home country and Germany.

Things get worse when Meehan assaults two police officers while intoxicated and lands himself a three year prison bid.

Upon arrival his fellow inmates treat him the same, or perhaps worse than any other incoming criminal; disgracing his country in the international sports arena couldn�t have helped either.

Yet in the eyes of the prison�s warden, depicted by bushy eye-browed David Hemmings, Meehan still has star potential. The warden requests the ex-captain to work as a coach for the prison guards� soccer team � a favor Meehan rejects.

Instead, he offers to organize a team comprised of the institution�s prisoners, who will in turn compete with the guards in a match. The warden agrees and the former soccer celebrity is back on the field once again.

Prison drug and weapon dealer Massive is Meehan�s prison buddy alongside cellblock veteran Doc. The star player of the prison team is none other than Monk, one of the prison�s most violent inmates.

Yet that does not deter the new coach who views this as not just a simple game of soccer, but a chance for prisoners to increase their confidence and gain a victory of the persistently abusive guards.

All is well until the warden insists that Meehan fix the match so that his staff will win � or else. Will the shamed ex-captain redeem himself or follow in his dishonest footsteps? What is more important, his fellow inmates� morale, or to be chummy with the prison administration?

This movie is rated R due to its language and violent content.

Year: 2001

Runtime: 99 mins

Genre: Comedy/ Drama


Vinnie Jones

David Kelly

Jason Flemyng

Ralph Brown

David Hemmings

Robbie Gee

Vas Blackwood

Directed by: Barry Skolnick