Robert Duvall's production of "A Shot at Glory" follows closely on the heels of "The Full Monty" and "Waking Ned Devine," successful films ripe with lovable underdogs and local color. Duvall plays Gordon McLeod, the coach of a second-rate Scottish soccer team that must either win the cup or be sold to Ireland. McLeod's only hope comes in the form of Jackie McQuillan, his ne'er-do-well ex-son-in-law who is blessed with a remarkable talent for the game. McQuillan's return opens old wounds and stretches the already tense family relations.
Content to coast on the scenario, “A Shot At Glory” is merely competent and rather pedestrian. Director Corrente's efforts to inspire the boosterism this type of film requires from its audience seems half-hearted at best.
Starring Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton and Brian Cox. Directed by Michael Corrente. Written by Denis O'Neil. Produced by Michael Corrente, Robert Duvall and Rob Carlinger. A Mac release. Drama. Rated R for language and brief sexuality. Running time: 114 min