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One Night In Turin

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Relive the highs and lows of the England football team in Italia '90

Ahead of this summer’s World Cup, James Erskine’s evocative doc relives England’s performance two decades ago in Italia ’90.

Drawing on Pete Davies’ excellent eye-witness account All Played Out, Erskine’s One Night In Turin argues that the endeavours of Bobby Robson’s players eased the memories of Heysel and Hillsborough, leading to a rebirth of the national game (30m British telly viewers witnessed Gazza’s historic blub in the semi-final against West Germany).

Solemn voiceover and underwhelming reconstructions aside, the images of ultimately heroic failure retain a resonant emotional kick.
 

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