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Shooting for Socrates (2014)

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In November 1985, the troubled streets of Belfast are torn up by rioting yet again. In amongst the angry mob, we find nine year old Tommy, nonchalantly dribbling a ball through the insanity... See full summary »


James Erskine


James Erskine (original screenplay by), Marie Jones (original screenplay by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hannah ... Billy Bingham
Conleth Hill ... Jackie Fullerton
Richard Dormer ... Arthur
Art Parkinson ... Tommy
Ciarán McMenamin ... Sammy McIlroy
Nico Mirallegro ... David Campbell
Paul Kennedy ... Pat Jennings
Chris Newman Chris Newman ... Norman Whiteside
Aaron McCusker ... Gerry Armstrong
Mathew McElhinney Mathew McElhinney ... Jimmy Nichol
Barry Ward ... Jimmy Quinn
Patrick Buchanan ... Alan McDonald
Declan Rodgers ... Bernard McNally
Stephen Hagan ... Phil Hughes
Andy Moore Andy Moore ... Mal Donaghy


In November 1985, the troubled streets of Belfast are torn up by rioting yet again. In amongst the angry mob, we find nine year old Tommy, nonchalantly dribbling a ball through the insanity. Whilst politicians argue over the peace process, there's only one thing on young Tommy's football-mad mind - the forthcoming World Cup, where Northern Ireland will take on Brazil. For the South American giants it's just another step on the path to inevitable global domination, yet for Northern Ireland, and young Tommy, it's the biggest game of their lives. They are two countries that couldn't seem further apart: Northern Ireland, with its Orange men and Republican curbstones, the Rev'd Ian Paisley and Fergal Sharkey; and Brazil with its carnival, its Samba, with Pelé and the 'beautiful game'. On the football field, eccentric Northern Ireland coach Billy Bingham (they call him Mr FIFA - "a fee for this and a fee for that") must plug together a bunch of misfits and third divisioners. Brazil are led ... Written by Anonymous

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One boy's dream, a nation's hope. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Sport


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 July 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cselezd ki Szókratészt! See more »

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New Black Films See more »
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The film takes place from October 1985 to June 1986. See more »


Wigsy: [coming out of the church in Mexico and seeing the Northern Ireland team heading in]
Wigsy: Lads! It's us. There is no point batting and fighting your way trough all them cathoholics. Me and Spud here have lit about thirty candles. That's gonna cover the whole bench and all.
Pat Jennings: Fair play to yous, lads.
Spud: [shaking hands with the players] Scary. Me and him's Protestants.
Pat Jennings: Sorry to hear that.
Spud: Thanks, Pat.
Wigsy: But God is God, and a candle's a candle. Who is going to know what religion you are around here? Although, ...
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Alternative Ulster
Performed by The Wonder Villains
Written by Jake Burns and Gordon Ogilvie (as Burns/Ogilvie)
Published by Union Square Music Songs
Produced and Mixed by Rocky O'Reilly
Courtesy of Polar Recordings
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