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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 August 2003 (USA)
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The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team (soccer in America).


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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pinky Bhamra
Shaheen Khan ...
Ameet Chana ...
Meena (as Poojah Shah)
Paven Virk ...
Saraj Chaudhry ...
Sonny (as Saraj Chaudry)


A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18 year olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes, to follow your dreams... you've got to bend the rules! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joue-la comme Beckham  »

Box Office


£3,500,159 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,001,795 (UK) (12 April 2002)


$32,541,719 (USA) (17 October 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Melanie C (as Melanie C) wanted her song "Independence Day" to be used in the film, but the lyrics did not work so she rewrote them so the song could be used. See more »


At the very end when Jules and Jess are going to board the plane, they turn around and wave to their parents. Jules is at first shown waving with her right hand, but then in the next shot is seen waving with her left. See more »


Jules: Me and Jess were fighting because we both fancy our coach... Joe.
Paula: [pause] Joe, a man, Joe?
Jules: [exasperated] Yeah, as in male, Joe! Joe, our coach, Joe, man, Joe!
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... Bhamra Family ... See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Marge Gamer (2007) See more »


The Power of Love
Written by Wolfgang Detmann, Gunther Mende, Jennifer Rush and Mary Susan Applegate
Published by EMI Songs Ltd.
Version "Sitam" Vocals by Amar Mohile (as Amar)
Licensed courtesy of Multitone Records/BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd.
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User Reviews

I will always remember this movie.
8 September 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

As someone who's never been into sports, it seems like it would be hard for me to get into the football (or as we Americans inexplicably call it, soccer)-themed "Bend It Like Beckham". But I gotta say, this was one cool movie! Anglo-Indian Jesminder Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) and her WASP friend Juliette Paxton (Keira Knightley) love to play football (yes, I'm going to say it the British - and international - way) and just adore football player David Beckham. But Jesminder's traditional Sikh parents don't approve (her mother offers a really whacked-out description of football early in the movie). Okay, so maybe it was sort of a cliché in that sense, but you gotta love this movie! And if like me, you go to this movie not knowing the definition of "bend" in football...don't worry, the movie explains it (I'd also never heard of David Beckham prior to this movie). And we all know that Keira Knightley hit it big: a few months after "BILB" came out in the States, she starred in the equally cool "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl".

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