- 1 hr 30 min
Based on the true story of the Munich Air Disaster suffered by English soccer team Manchester United, the film tells the story of the world famous Busby Babes in the events that lead up to the devastating plane crash. The main focus of United are assistant team manager Jimmy Murphy and legendary player Bobby Charlton. At the outset of the movie, manager Sir Matt Busby is convinced by Murphy to give the teenage Charlton his first full appearance in 1956. Various other teenage players are then introduced to the first team by Busby and Murphy, along with a new signing, goalkeeper Harry Gregg. Failing in their first bid to win the European Cup during the 1956-57 season, United retain the title of English Champions in 1957 and again enter the European tournament for the 1957-58 season. As the team fly home from a European Cup tie in Belgrade their plane crashes attempting a takeoff in Munich. With many of his teammates, coaches and local supporters killed in the crash, Charlton is rescued by Gregg and returns to England. Charlton must now face a decision about continuing to play as Murphy takes control of United, bidding to put together a squad to see out the season.