This fictional tale is set in Manchester in the early 80’s. Legendary football manager Sir Matt Busby is still restless in the twilight of his life. An act of petty crime by a working class kid, 11 year old Georgie, becomes a collision of fate as Matt tracks him down, only to discover that far from being just another young thief, the boy is an extraordinarily gifted footballer and captain of a team of unruly talents. Matt, intrigued, decides to embark on his own method of teaching the tear-a-way a lesson. Having lived with football all his life and survived the tragic 1958 Munich plane disaster in which 8 of his promising young players were killed, Matt is still committed to continue his work of ‘training lads for life’.
So begins the thrilling adventure as Matt Busby comes out of retirement for one last coaching challenge, to transform a young group of scallywags into a dream team to compete for the upcoming Manchester Junior Football League Cup.
Meanwhile, Georgie’s mum Erica is more intent on her son passing an exam and gaining a place at Lancashire Grammar. The strict and scholarly Dr Farquar is hired to tutor Georgie and sets a punishing homework regime.
The charming relationship between Matt and Georgie lights fires in their own lives. Matt helps Georgie patch a deep rift with his mother, making her understand she needs to support his dreams whilst they both try to come to terms with the death of his dad. This acts as a catalyst for Matt, forcing him to deal with the ghosts of the Busby Babes that so frequently haunt his troubled memories.
Through Matt’s inspired training, the team gets through to the Cup final, only for Georgie to realize his big footballing moment clashes with the exam.
A funny and touching family film, BELIEVE tells the story of how Matt is finally healed, while continuing to inspire generations of dreamers and leaving the world’s greatest football team as his legacy.
Certificate: PG Distributor: Trinity Filmed Entertainment
Dir. David Scheinmann, UK, 2013, 96 mins
Cast: Brian Cox, Natascha McElhone, Toby Stephens, Anne Reid, Philip Jackson, Jack Smith