George Best could play football like no one else. As a working-class boy in East Belfast, he was spotted by a Manchester United talent scout and at 15 joined the prestigious English team. He arrived in Manchester in 1961 a shy, naïve boy to join Matt Busby's squad. Busby immediately recognised his brilliance and the pair formed a tempestuous but strong and loyal bond that was to become a truly significant influence on Best's life.
Professional acclaim was swift and unprotected. Soon dubbed the golden boy of Manchester United, George's privacy was gone. The press gorged themselves on tales of the outstanding footballer's professional and private life. Scoring goals, scoring with women and earning himself a reputation on and off the pitch.
But as his fame and fortune grew, personal pride and satisfaction eluded him. He turned to drink to block out the dissatisfaction he felt from the game and his personal relationships. The media turned on him for wantonly throwing his chance away, reporting the walkouts, the failed relationships, drunken binges, fights and humiliations; forgetting the enigmatic, brilliant sporting artist they had previously showered with praise.
Redemption only arrived when he came to terms with his past and found peace with himself.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 106 mins
- 35mm Kodak
- Mary McGuckian
- Guy Collins, Michael Ryan, John Lynch, Stene Christian
- Kant Pan
- John Lynch, Mary McGuckian
- Director of Photography
- Witold Stok BSE
- Don Gallagher
- Principal Cast
- John Lynch, Ian Bannen, Jerome Flynn, Ian Hart, Linus Roache, Patsy Kensit, Stephen Fry, Sophie Dahl, Cal Macaninch
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Last updated 26th November 2005