A Shot at Glory
In Kilnockie Scotland, soccer is king, but its second division team has never won a national soccer cup. However, things are looking up for them since the team’s American owner (Michael Keaton) has signed on one of Scotland’s best players, Jackie Quillan (Ally McCoist). The team’s long-standing coach, Gordon McLeod (Robert Duvall), isn’t at all happy about this development, since Jackie is his son-in-law whose womanizing and drinking has almost destroyed his marriage with McLeod’s daughter, Katie (Kristy Mitchell). But McLeod lets him play and before long the team finds itself in Scotland’s championship soccer match. All the while, McLeod refuses to talk to Katie, who continues to love and defend her philandering husband. “A Shot at Glory” is a unique and engrossing film, but the almost incessant obscenities spewed out by the soccer coaches and players virtually destroy the enjoyment of the film for discerning viewers.
Along with the obscene language, a fairly explicit sex scene further justifies the films ‘R’ rating. It’s tragic that this film includes material that earns an R rating, since a lesser rating would have opened up a huge potential audience among pre-teens and teens. However, the film has its redeeming qualities. McLeod’s loving wife (Morag Hood) and stunning events on the soccer field soften McLeod’s crusty demeanor. Even Jackie turns out to have a sense of decency. Too bad this exciting, meaningful film has so much foul language and an unnecessary sex scene.