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Building Jerusalem

1 h 29 min201512
22 November 2003: The Rugby World Cup Final, extra time. After six weeks of gruelling competition, England battle reigning champions Australia. With just one minute left on the clock, Jonny Wilkinson, England's golden boy, kicks for goal and a chance for sporting immortality. From the producer of Oscar-winning 'Man on Wire' and 'Senna', this is an astonishing story of English triumph and courage.
James Erskine
Matt DawsonClive WoodwardJonny Wilkinson
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4.7 out of 5 stars

231 global ratings

  1. 78% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
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M.IReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant sporting documentary.
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Not just for England fans, this is a remarkable story, told by the players and coach, of the journey to RWC 2003 glory. But it's more than that, as it takes in the amateur days and the very earliest steps towards professionalism in rugby. Recommended for any rugby fan, not just England.
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shuggsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Great to be transported back to 2003 and our greatest rugby moment.The euphoria and sheer joy around the whole Country after winning that memorable World Cup final is something I will cherish for ever.The fact no England team has managed it subsequently shows how special that team and of course Sir Clive were.
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Mr L ForrestReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
OK - but lacks depth and excitement
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OK documentary but limited by only having input from three people, as important as they are. There are so many stories about all the individuals involved in this triumph so to focus on just three seems disingenuous to the rest of the group.

It never really gets under the skin or gives real insight about the team, the games and life at the tournament. It all therefore feels like it skims the surface. Also, there's little footage of the games played so watching still photographs while the games are talked about is a little disappointing.

Have a watch if you're a fan of the game but don't expect too much. There are better docs of this world cup out there.
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JSRReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 October 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Finally got round to watching this the day after the current England team (sic) rolled over and gave up on their World Cup campaign. Lancaster' s side may put some modicum of thought and effort into their play but it just doesn't show. In comparison, Building Jerusalem shows how a thoroughly professional approach to preparation, playing and (pay attention, England 2015) winning overcomes even the handicap of playing below par for at least half a game. Woodward and Johnson come across as inspirational leaders (one slightly more cerebral than the other) whilst Wilkinson is just a very, very tightly wrapped genius - arguably one of the greatest sportsman to wear an England shirt. A superb film that you don't need to be a rugby fan to enjoy.
4 people found this helpful
Mr. M. JungReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 December 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good documentary even for people not into Rugby.
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I don't know a thing about Rugby. I am not interested in Rugby. But I think it was a good documentary about English Rugby.

PS: I still don't know the rules like what that shoulder to shoulder huddle, team against team is all about. Nor how hard it is to kick precisely a Rugby ball.
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Sue MarsdenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Learnt a fair bit from this.
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Really like this. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it, but it gives a good insight into the building of a great team. Bought for my rugby fanatic son who is studying sports coaching and secondary physical education at university. He watches this because he likes it but it’s also been very useful for his course.
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Happy ChapReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a watch
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As a rugby fan, I really enjoyed this film. Insightful perspective of the transition into a professional era, and the development of England Rugby under Sir Clive Woodward. If you're into rugby, and particularly if you're an England supporter, this is definitely worth a watch.
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JonathanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 September 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not as good rugby video as I thought it would be
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Ok to watch but lacked passion and did not draw me in to watch with enthusiasm despite starring Jonny Wilkinson!
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