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Thursday, 12 October, 2000, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Man Utd - the movie
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The high-profile players at Manchester United are to star on the big screen in a film following the fortunes of the world's richest football club.

Manchester United: Beyond The Promised Land, which premieres in Manchester on Thursday night, follows the team throughout the 1999/2000 season in a fly-on-the-wall documentary.

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The film shows the team attempt to repeat the glory of the previous treble-winning season, when the club clinched the league title, the FA cup and Champions League.

Footage includes the team's trip to Tokyo where they won the World Club title and their failed bid to be made World Club Champions in Brazil.

It is thought to be the first time such a football film has been screened as a cinematic release.

It also goes behind the scenes of Manchester United the company, as executives close sponsorship deals and discuss money matters.

Bob Potter, a leading US director of sport features, decided to make the film about the reds after watching the team clinch the treble.

All proceeds from the film, due to be released at selected cinemas from 13 October, will go to children's charity Unicef, which, together with the club in the scheme United for Unicef, hopes to raise 1m.

The film premieres at Manchester's Trafford Centre.

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