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Diego Maradona

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7.72 h 4 min201912
'Diego Maradona' is constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona's personal archive.
Directors
Asif Kapadia
Starring
Diego Maradona
Genres
DocumentaryInternationalSports
Subtitles
English
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English
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James Gay-ReesPaul Martin
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4.6 out of 5 stars

1233 global ratings

  1. 74% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
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Ciro DiMarzioReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 March 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
It’s Brilliant.
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One of the best sport documentaries ever made. My opinion has always been that Maradona was the best I’ve seen, fair enough, he punched one in which pissed us all off but had Lineker done the same he’d be a god. This is a story of a lad born with nothing but a talent for football, which gains him fame and fortune but has a terrible toll. Manipulated along the way it’s also a bit tragic, had Diego been surrounded by the right people who knows how the story would’ve changed.

However, he took a journeyman Napoli to heights not reached before or after his time and won the World Cup almost single handed in the same period. The tackling was brutal and the pitches awful but he adapted his style to survive both and ultimately gained god like status which prevails to this day in Naples.

The ending was sad, it’s baffling that the authorities didn’t foresee that a WC knock out match between Italy v Argentina in Naples was a possibility. Italy fail and it results in nothing short of a vendetta against Maradona who ultimately flees the country.

This is a compelling story and well worth a watch.
22 people found this helpful
RafaelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best real life film that I've ever watched
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Really nice film. I am Brazilian and in Brazil we always hear comparisons between Maradona and Pelé which creates a bit of rivalry, and because of that sometimes we criticise Maradona because of the things that he's done which brought him a bad reputation, and we try to defend Pelé most of the time. Also I didn't use to like him because of the "hand of God", however, after watching this film I changed my conception about him and had a political perspective about the "hand of God", which makes more sense for me now why he did that (I would do the same to be honest). What a nice guy with a big heart and passionate for football, and also authentic. Watching the film I have a better understanding of why he started doing the things he did to give him a bad reputation. People were unfair with Maradona after all the great things that he did for his team, and he went from the the top of a moutain to a hole under the earth with people trying to ruin his life. Watch the film and you will take your own conclusions.
11 people found this helpful
game reviewReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing
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The Jury has always been out on this guy for me, but after watching the film, I have changed my opinion. It is one of the most balanced docu films that I've seen for some time and it charts the rise and fall of a truest magnificent player and a flawed man. I would challenge anyone to try not to get caught up as he was by the media and external circumstances. As such, it leaves you with equal shares of sympathy, admiration and disdain. What a film. What a story. What a legend.
7 people found this helpful
Slow Hard DriveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Maradonna's story presented in a raw, honest, and refreshingly unique way.
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There are 2 aspects that make this documentary one of the best sports documentaries I've ever seen: The 'movie' and the 'story'.

From 'Movie' perspective, the documentary gets the story told by the REAL actors themselves, Maradona, his club mates, his president, his family, the fans, etc. A collection of statements of 20+ years put together in a genius way. The camera angles are remarkably refreshing because they bring you close to the actions -both in and off the field.

From 'Story' point of view, this is an honest look at most of Maradona's key points in his life. Usually, researches about him focus either on his great football side or on his excesses and so-called "fall", as if all footballers never end up washed-out and old. Maradona is the story of poor people's struggle with a capitalistic ruthless world we've been living in in the last 80 odd years, and this documentary addresses Maradona from that angle. The man did great things and did bad things too, and many of us know the details of both. This documentary tries to show you WHAT made him do them. It exposes how emotional, loyal, and loving he was, and how he was trapped by the "machines" around him to then be chewed and then spet. In a way, it tells the story of most celebrities in a world that treats everything with fast-food mentality.

At the end of this worthy documentary, an honest viewer should reach a conclusion on who Maradona, the person, was, and should realize that even the bad things he did were from mistakes and from being surrounded by wolves. Just like most of us, he is no evil, but he was learning life lessons the hard way. Unlike most of us, he has been honest about it all, and this documentary proves it.

I totally recommend watching this documentary.
One person found this helpful
G VenniriReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The boy who for many became and idol
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I thought this was a brilliant film and a great insight into his life. Having read his autobiography i was interested to see different unseen footage. I found it completely fascinating to watch and I was gripped from start to finish.

The way it is directed and narrated is very clever and if you love football then this film in my opinion is a must.

If you don’t like football I believe this film will appeal to you as it shows you how difficult a superstar found dealing with stardom, how certain like choices can shape shape a celebrities life and the strain stardom can have on someone so far removed from that life style.

I found this film to be brilliant.
2 people found this helpful
MR S MOLYNEUXReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film about a talented but deeply flawed character
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I've never ridden with the majority of my compatriots on the 'hate Maradonna because he's a cheat' bus for a few reasons. Firstly, because as Mark Twain said, "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect", secondly, because we've had our own share of cheats over the years and thirdly because the 5'5" Maradonna should never have been able to reach higher than the 6'0" Peter Shilton. The film - produced by the same team as that which produced the excellent 'Senna' - is a brilliant insight into a tormented and flawed character. Early on in the film, the eponymous character is described as two people - 'Diego' and 'Maradonna' (a sort of Jekyll and Hyde or 'Paul' and 'Gascoigne'). 'Diego' is a lovable, loyal and caring, family man whereas 'Maradonna' is a selfish, disloyal, narcissistic, drug-abusing cheat. Whilst flip-flopping between sadness for 'Diego' and those hurt by the behaviour of his alter-ego, and anger towards the creature of the night 'Maradonna', I couldn't help but marvel at the gift he gave to the world (and particularly to the city of Naples) with his footballing ability which - if there is a God - I would have to agree with Maradonna, is "God given"
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N D SReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 July 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
wowsers!!
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Not being quite old enough to properly experience this as it happened, this is a must watch. Some incredible footage, one of the best opening sequences of any documentary I've seen, and a real insight into the world of Diego Maradona at Napoli. Well worth a few pounds, even if you have Prime / Netflix or whatever.
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PWReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating but sad
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Did not know until viewing this just how fragile , normal , a guy he was until viewing this .
His years at Napoli full of all kinds of pressures. For sure he made some wrong choices but don’t know who would have lived under those pressures without some consequences and their results .Very sad and not dissimilar to another “ footballing genius “ , Paul Gascogne . Wish there maybe had been follow on episode from post Napoli years to present .
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