Feature Film Biopic of Everton and England Soccer Star ‘Dixie’ Dean Underway

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Toby Kebbell will play the iconic 1920s footballer in movie project that will reveal how his family helped him deal with mental health issues.

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 30/01/2018 at 16:45:55
Can't wait. I hope it's a global film, and can help push Everton around the world.

I've had a vision of a story about Dixie Dean in my mind ever since seeing the excellent Cinderella Man, a film about 1920s American Depression era boxer James J Braddock, starring Russell Crowe, ever since I saw it on the cinema. I thought that was a brilliant film, so well made and a real "triumph over adversity" story.

I don't know all the personal side of the stuff for the Dixie Story, such as the mental health issues suggested in the article, but the great man overcame so much. I memorised so much of the story as a kid, which was during our period of glory, as it all just seemed so far-fetched. This legendary footballer who almost died, is told he will never walk again, then comes back to score 60. Then Everton get relegated (can you imagine Man City going down within 2 years of winning the league?) then win the second tier, and then win the league again, in a never-to-be-repeated sequence.

I love the story of him in hospital, bedridden, never going to play again, but the doctor doing his rounds and when querying where Dixie is, being told he's out collecting apples for the other patients, then when he looks out of the window, he's actually swinging from the branches to get the best ones! "If you can do that, then you should be reporting back for training!" the doctor said, or something similar.

And of course, his death. Dying at Goodison, during or just after a Derby. There is so much to the story that is just so far-fetched you wouldn't believe it if it wasn't true.

I hope the filmmakers can do Dixie justice.

John G Davies
2 Posted 30/01/2018 at 16:58:43
Now there's a man they should name a stand after.
Gerry Quinn
3 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:40:14
Steve, short as your comments are, brilliant – and I never knew about that apple tree story – thanks so much. I look forwards to watching this film.

I actually have the framed picture of him running out at Goodison – the only Everton memorabilia hanging up here in my house in Scotland.

Gerry Quinn
4 Posted 30/01/2018 at 18:45:05
Never mind a Stand named after him, John. There is a man that Sky, the BBC and all the other biased media should make much more of and stop ignoring him in history as if he never existed!

Harry Kane would not hold a candle against him for goal scoring.

Michael Greaves
5 Posted 30/01/2018 at 19:00:33
The city of Liverpool continues to provide a back drop for period dramas. The producers of the Dixie Dean biopic must be thrilled that they have a ready-made period type football stadium at their disposal in which to shoot the match footage:- Goodison Park.
Liam Reilly
6 Posted 30/01/2018 at 21:45:16
Awesome, can't wait for this. Been gone for nearly 40 years and finally a great opportunity to celebrate his life and achievements.

Could and should raise the club's profile immensely.

Rob Halligan
7 Posted 30/01/2018 at 22:02:21
Gerry (#4). Spot on mate. It's like football only started with the introduction of the premier league. It really pisses me off when they say such as such is the all time Premier League goalscorer.

Even in today's football, I bet Dixie would be leading the goal scoring charts.

Phil Bellis
8 Posted 30/01/2018 at 22:16:28
I'll play Babe Ruth! Or the then queen, or Hitler... Giz a role
Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 30/01/2018 at 23:37:21
Steve #1, thank you. In that brief post you taught me a whole lot about Dixie I didn't know. I'm also learning about him from James Corbett's Faith of Our Families, a gift from my TW buddy Peter Mills. (Gerry, I assume the cover photo of the book is the same as the one on your wall – it's magnificent.)

They've picked a fast-rising actor to play Dixie – the guy was in Fantastic Four and the Ben-Hur remake. Hope he can play a bit of footy.

I'll be first in line to see this.

Steve Ferns
10 Posted 31/01/2018 at 00:26:35
Lenny Kingman
11 Posted 31/01/2018 at 10:32:23
Any chance of getting him in before the transfer window closes?
Steve Dickinson
12 Posted 14/02/2018 at 00:09:51
It's amazing to think that, by the end of the 1927-28 season, when Dixie scored his record breaking 60 league goals and 100 goals in all games, the great man was only 21 years old.
James Flynn
13 Posted 14/02/2018 at 00:51:45
Our equivalent over here is Babe Ruth. Like Dixie, a legend while he was still playing.

Please God, don't let the Dixie movie be anything like the disgraceful ones made about the Babe over here.

So, since everyone here came along after Dixie's time, let me ask.

When you were a kid, what were the Dixie stories you heard from the adults?


Many of you must have saw him around Goodison after he played. Your memories of that, too.

Love hearing that stuff.

Chris Jones [Burton]
15 Posted 14/02/2018 at 01:42:11
James #13

"Well, if you know yer history..."

On a trip to the UK, the Bambino took in a match at Goodison, just to see this 'Dixie' fellah everyone was going on about. After the game he and Dixie met. The meeting was said to be very friendly, with expressions of mutual admiration all round.

ps: There were bits of the Babe Ruth biopic with John Goodman I enjoyed, though not as much as 'The Natural', based on the excellent Bernard Malamud novel, with music by Randy Newman.

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