He was football’s first rock and roll star – a handsome, charismatic Belfast boy who could thrill and excite the crowds. But George Best was also the lead in his own Shakespearean tragedy, a flawed genius, brought down by drink, temptation and depression. Director Daniel Gordon (Hillsborough) recounts the tale of this beloved but bedevilled superstar with riveting, evocative footage and testimony by those who knew him at his best – and worst. There’s a lot of ground to cover in Best’s short life – from his electrifying debut with Manchester United at the tender age of 17, through the glory years during which United won the 1968 European Cup, his adventures in the North American Soccer League, not to mention his time spent romancing the world’s most beautiful, intoxicating women. Gordon tells Best’s story with a skill worthy of the man himself.
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