The Keeper

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Certificate: 15
Length: 119 mins
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Cast: David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw

Known for winning the FA Cup Final while playing with broken neck, this biopic of Bert Trautmann fills in even more incredible details about the man’s life. We follow Trautmann (David Kross) as he moves from German soldier and prisoner of war to secure the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon.

Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.

“This is a heartfelt and sympathetic story.” ★★★ – Guardian

“It’s an old cliché about biopics that if the story wasn’t true, you probably wouldn’t believe it. Here, it’s taken a step further: you know it’s true and you still don’t believe it.” ★★★ – Time Out