Cliffhanger (1993) and Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

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In the latest episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, the film that marked a career revival for Sylvester Stallone, and a UK movie that pulled together funding from a range of sources, and still required one or two ingenious ways to stretch the budget.

1993’s Cliffhanger was a late replacement for an abandoned blockbuster called Gale Force – and it came with huge financial problems for the company behind it.

Bend It Like Beckham, meanwhile, was nearly named after a different footballer, and found itself an unlikely beneficiary of a foot injury.

Stories of both are discussed in this episode.

Find Simon on Twitter at @simonbrew, and the podcast can be found at @filmstoriespod.

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