Building Jerusalem

Building Jerusalem

By James Erskine

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2015-09-01
  • Advisory Rating: 12
  • Runtime: 1h 29min
  • Director: James Erskine
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • iTunes Price: GBP 6.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 1.99
7.7/10
7.7
From 3 Ratings

Description

22nd November 2003: The Rugby World Cup Final. After six weeks of gruelling competition, England is battling reigning champions Australia. The two teams are inseparable after eighty minutes: the game drags deep into extra time with just two minutes left on the clock. England rumble to within 40 yards of the post. The ball is sent spiralling back to Jonny Wilkinson, the golden boy of English rugby, in a split second he drop kicks for goal and a chance for sporting immortality…. From Director James Erskine (The Battle of the Sexes, Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist) and producer Victoria Gregory (Senna, Man on Wire) Building Jerusalem combines scintillating match action, extraordinary original interviews with the key players including Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Clive Woodward, Martin Johnson and Matt Dawson, with never-before-seen behind the scenes and match footage. It is an astonishing story of pressure, expectation and courage, tracing the roots of success back to the professionalization of the game in the 90s, culminating in that glorious World Cup campaign of 2003 that turned Woodward’s poisoned chalice into a golden cup.

Reviews

  • Really average...

    3
    By gouailledddd
    Could have been much better...
  • One of Britain's finest Hours

    5
    By hairy goose
    Everyone remembers where they were when THAT drop kick was made. I was shouting at my screen again when Jason Leonard ran his try home. A good insight into the culmination of genius planning by Woodward supported by a very hungry team. This is definitely worth a watch - I feel a bit of a fraud only paying 99p for the rental now! It made me feel almost like we had only just one the cup - 13 years later.
  • As a die hard England fan I like it but it's nothing special

    2
    By Tom0311
    If you've watched any sort of documentary or program about this World Cup, or even watched a few YouTube videos, then you've seen all this before. There's a few minutes of interesting interviews about the game turning pro, but other than that it's pretty much the same interviews that have been filmed before but they're sat in different seats. The match footage is minimal, really. Really short pieces of footage and then a lot of stills. Nothing special here either. Of course I love it because I'm and England fan, but it's not what I thought it would be.
  • A great trip down memory lane but too narrow a seletction of players

    4
    By Apollo4000
    I really enjoyed this documentary. It gives great insight on the build-up to and eventual World Cup win in 2003 with commentary from 3 key England heros. But it lacks dimension. As we all know, there were a 15 players on the pitch for each game and many more heros than given airtime in this documentary. While Jonny and Johno played big parts, others also had a great deal to add and their views are not shared here. I am sure not everyone saw eye to eye but still contributed. I would have liked to have heard more from other England players, Australians, French etc to make this truely 5 stars.
  • Swing Low!

    5
    By Bob_Carolgees
    This will be my number 1 christmas present for everyone I know! SO EXCITED!!
  • Come on England!

    5
    By OliviaHD
    Hair raising excitement, let's hope England can pull off a repeat performance this world cup!
  • Immersive Documentary - The Sporting Film Of the Year!

    5
    By melanieandmitch
    If you watch just one sports film this year make it this one! Lets hope for more memories to be made this time round, COME ON ENGLAND!
  • Can't wait to see this!

    5
    By PorkChopMystery
    Looks to be a great film
  • Cannot wait!

    4
    By supaclive
    Remember watching the final as if it was yesterday!

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