15 certificateBest is a Film programme that first aired in 2000 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Best is a 3 star programme



Best (2000)

Directed by
Mary McGuckian

At the start of the film George Best is earning his living from personal appearances in 1994. News of Sir Matt Busby's death shocks a severely hung-over Best and prompts him to look back on his life.

35 years earlier, Best is a young whippersnapper on a Belfast housing estate who is spotted by a Manchester United scout, Bob Bishop. The football team is slowly recovering from the shock and loss of the Munich Air Disaster and, under Matt Busby's eye, is becoming a great team once again.

George Best quickly becomes a professional player and, by his late teens, is a firm favourite with players and fans alike. In fact, the adulation he receives is much more akin to that of a pop star than a footballer, with merchandising deals, magazine features, men's fashion promotions and hordes of screaming girls following him wherever he goes.

However the darker side of Best is his struggle against alcohol - not that he really perceives it as a problem. However, as his physical health begins to deteriorate and his professional career hits the skids, he becomes filled with a sense of self-disgust.

But this is not by any means the end of George Best's journey - and a renewed sense of hope lies waiting just around the corner

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2000

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Ian Bannen...Sir Matt Busby
Jerome Flynn...Sir Bobby Charlton
Image for Ian HartIan Hart...Nobby Stiles
Patsy Kensit Healy...Anna
Image for Cal MacaninchCal Macaninch...Paddy
Image for Linus RoacheLinus Roache...Denis Law
Image for Adrian LesterAdrian Lester...Rocky
Image for David HaymanDavid Hayman...Tommy Dougherty/The Barman
James Ellis...Dickie Beal
Image for Roger DaltreyRoger Daltrey...Rodney Marsh
Clive Anderson...Interviewer
Sophie Dahl...Eva Haraldsted
Image for Stephen FryStephen Fry...Frazer Crane
Dave Duffy...Limosine Driver
Lalor Roddy...Petrol Station Attendant