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1 August 2003 (USA) See more »
Who wants to cook Aloo Gobi when you can bend a ball like Beckham? See more »
The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism by running off to Germany with a football team (soccer in America). Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Parminder Nagra ... Jesminder 'Jess' Kaur Bhamra

Keira Knightley ... Juliette 'Jules' Paxton

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Joe

Anupam Kher ... Mr. Bhamra

Archie Panjabi ... Pinky Bhamra
Shaznay Lewis ... Mel

Frank Harper ... Alan Paxton

Juliet Stevenson ... Paula Paxton
Shaheen Khan ... Mrs. Bhamra
Ameet Chana ... Tony

Pooja Shah ... Meena (as Poojah Shah)
Paven Virk ... Bubbly

Preeya Kalidas ... Monica

Trey Farley ... Taz

Saraj Chaudhry ... Sonny (as Saraj Chaudry)
Imran Ali ... Gary
Kulvinder Ghir ... Teetu
Harvey Virdi ... Teetu's Mum
Ash Varrez ... Teetu's Dad
Adlyn Ross ... Elderly Aunt

Shobu Kapoor ... Polly
Zohra Segal ... Biji

Ace Bhatti ... Nairobi Grandson (as Ahsen Bhatti)
Tanveer Ghani ... Video Man

Nina Wadia ... Wedding Guest
Jenni Birch ... Hounslow Harrier
Olivia Schofield ... Hounslow Harrier (as Olivia Scholfield)
Natasha Lee ... Hounslow Harrier
Louise Walker ... Hounslow Harrier
Danielle Richards ... Hounslow Harrier
Suzanna Keeka ... Hounslow Harrier
Tanya Beverly ... Hounslow Harrier
Sally Kirkbride ... Hounslow Harrier
Maki Okumurakami ... Hounslow Harrier
Nav Bopari ... Hounslow Harrier

Gary Lineker ... Himself

Alan Hansen ... Himself

John Barnes ... Himself

John Motson ... Himself (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David Beckham ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gurinder Chadha ... Woman in Park / Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Brandi Chastain ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Simon Clifford ... Cup Final Referee (uncredited)

Amerjit Deu ... Uncle Raj (uncredited)
Ray Donn ... Man at Airport (uncredited)

Ryan Giggs ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mia Hamm ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Andy Harmer ... David Beckham (uncredited)

Kristine Lilly ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tiffeny Milbrett ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gary Neville ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gill Penny ... Victoria Beckham (uncredited)
Bill Ridealgh ... Man at Airport (uncredited)

Paul Scholes ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Gurinder Chadha 
Writing credits
Gurinder Chadha (written by) &
Guljit Bindra (written by) &
Paul Mayeda Berges (written by)

Produced by
Paul Mayeda Berges .... associate producer
Gurinder Chadha .... producer
Ulrich Felsberg .... executive producer
Russel Fischer .... executive producer
Simon Franks .... executive producer
Zygi Kamasa .... executive producer
Deepak Nayar .... producer
Paul Ritchie .... line producer
Haneet Vaswani .... executive producer
Barbara von Wrangell .... line producer: Germany (as Barbara Von Wrangell)
Original Music by
Craig Pruess 
Cinematography by
Lin Jong (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Justin Krish 
Casting by
Carrie Hilton 
Liora Reich 
Production Design by
Nick Ellis 
Art Direction by
Mark Scruton 
Set Decoration by
Sara Neighbour  (as 'Cheeky' Sara Neighbour)
Costume Design by
Ralph Wheeler-Holes  (as Ralph Holes)
Makeup Department
Sarah Astley .... hair stylist
Sarah Astley .... makeup artist
Tal Botzer .... assistant hair stylist: Germany
Tal Botzer .... assistant makeup artist: Germany
Emma Cowen .... assistant hair stylist
Emma Cowen .... assistant makeup artist
Julie Kendrick .... daily hair stylist
Julie Kendrick .... daily makeup artist
Lucky .... henna and nail artist
Rita Patel .... daily hair stylist
Rita Patel .... daily makeup artist
Paula Price .... hair stylist
Paula Price .... makeup artist
Sara Tuohey .... makeup trainee
Julie Van Praag .... hair stylist supervisor
Julie Van Praag .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Claudia Blümel .... production manager: Germany (as Claudia Bluemel)
Sandra Shuttleworth .... production manager
Claudia Sumner .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Mayeda Berges .... second unit director
Phil Booth .... second assistant director
Gundula Dietrich .... second assistant director: Germany
Fiona Gosden .... additional third assistant director (as Fiona Godsen)
Guy Heeley .... first assistant director
Oliver Kester .... third assistant director: Germany
Vicky Marks .... third assistant director
Art Department
Ian Bee .... carpenter (as Ian 'Buzz' Bee)
Lee Bryant .... additional stand-by props
Jaswinder Bushell .... art department consultant
Jay Butcher .... carpenter
Phil Clarke .... art department assistant
Lisa Collins .... painter
Nina Cowan-Russell .... assistant props buyer (as Nina Russell-Cowan)
John Drury .... carpenter
Lizzie Hagan .... junior buyer
Andrew Hall .... painter (as Andrew 'Hally' Hall)
Russell Hanson .... dressing props
Nick Holmes .... scenic artist
Henry Jones .... chargehand carpenter
Dave Kibble .... storeman
Thorwald Kiefel-Kuhls .... set decorator: Germany
Nigel Kirk .... lead painter
Ray McNeill .... property master
Jono Moles .... construction manager
Lucy Moles .... construction buyer
Tom O'Donnell .... graphic designer (as Tom O'Donell)
Barnaby Papworth .... carpenter
Clive Pickard .... stand-by props
Greg Smith .... additional stand-by props
Sarah Stuart .... assistant art director
Jonathan Watts .... stagehand
Ashley Winter .... stand-by art director
Ruth Wynne .... additional stand-by props
Stuart Headley-Read .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tim Boggs .... adr supervisor
Bryan Bowen .... supervising sound editor
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael Broomberg)
Susan Cahill .... digital assistant
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Gary Coppola .... supervising sound editor: Fox Searchlight Version
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer: US
Jamie Gambell .... second boom operator
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
John Hayes .... production sound mixer
Dan Johnson .... adr recordist: UK (as Daniel Johnson)
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Daryl Lathrop .... foley assistant
Aaron Levy .... stage recordist
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as Sissa Diane Marshall)
David Melhase .... dialogue editor
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Preston Oliver .... adr recordist: US
Bryan Pennington .... consultant: Dolby
Rudy Pi .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Schwartz .... boom operator
Alec St. John .... assistant sound editor (as Alec St John)
Graeme Stoten .... adr mixer: UK (as Graham Stoten)
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
James Wright .... consultant: Dolby
Chris Elam .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Minky Billups .... lead digital artist
Scott Billups .... visual effects supervisor
Chris Buchakjian .... digital artist
Tim Cutt .... digital artist
Josh Levine .... digital artist
Brian Allan .... optical camera (uncredited)
Mark Edwards .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Bishop .... focus puller
Lou Bogue .... gaffer
Neil Brown .... additional focus puller
Ben Chads .... additional focus puller
Philip Coleman .... additional grip
Chris Connatty .... clapper loader
John Cridlin .... additional focus puller
Sara Deane .... camera trainee
Rupert Goldbeck .... camera trainee: Germany
Matthew Hale .... additional focus puller
Star Hart .... camera trainee (as Star)
Tony Hennessey .... stand-by rigger (as Tony Hennessy)
Finch Judges .... camera trainee
Mary Kyte .... additional camera operator
Callum Milne .... electrician
Jamie Monks .... additional grip
Phil Mullally .... additional focus puller
Peter Myslowski .... grip
Joel O'Sullivan .... stills assistant
Charlie Palmer .... additional camera operator (as Charles Palmer)
Christine Parry .... still photographer
Ralph Ramsden .... additional focus puller
Gary Romaine .... additional grip
Martin Stephens .... additional camera operator
Pat Sweeney .... best boy
David Taylor .... electrician
Simon Ward .... additional grip (as Simon Wards)
Peter Wignall .... Steadicam operator (as Peter Wignal)
Peter Wignall .... camera operator (as Peter Wignal)
Terry Williams .... additional grip (as Terry William)
Jonathan Yates .... generator operator
Niki Roberton .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carole Ruggier .... adr casting: USA
Stephen Moore .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Johnathon de Domenico .... costume supervisor (as Johnathon De Domenico)
Samantha Green .... costume trainee
Rebecca Townsend .... costume assistant
Eva Vellmer .... costume trainee: Germany
Editorial Department
Carlos Domeque .... assistant editor
Karin C. Müller .... post-production: Road Movies (as Karin C. Mueller)
John Scott .... post-production assistant
Chuck Winston .... color timer
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Malkith Singh .... music performer: "Jind Mahi" (as Malkit Singh)
Transportation Department
Kevin Canty .... driver: bus
David Gwyther .... unit driver (as Dave Gwyther)
Ben Hibbert .... driver: American trailer
Charles Jaffrey .... unit driver
Vidya Krishnamurthy .... runner driver
Darren Mackie .... runner driver
Ian McLoughlin .... driver: camera truck
Mark O'Hanlan .... dining bus driver
David Taylor .... driver
Other crew
Reno Antoniades .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Joanna Ashton-Jones .... development executive: Road Movies
Jamie Atkins .... assistant chef
Denise Booth .... sales manager: Road Movies
Victoria Chambers-Pike .... script supervisor
Philip Clark .... scout
Simon Clifford .... football coach
Simon Clifford .... football coordinator
Andrew Cooke .... location manager
Lauren Cox .... assistant to producer
Charlotte Craib .... production runner
Jeremy Crane .... production runner
Josh Davies .... assistant production coordinator
Laurie Dodsworth .... post-production accountant
Susan Dretzka .... production coordinator
Steve Dyke .... assistant chef
Christin Freitas .... extras wrangler: Germany
Frank Graf .... head of business affairs: Road Movies
Frank Graf .... head of finance: Road Movies
Dewi Grobecker .... floor runner: Germany
Uwe Grobecker .... accounting: KSG, Germany
Claudia Hallemann .... production coordinator: Germany
Christian Hilgers .... runner: Germany
Christian Hilgers .... trainee: Germany
Simon Hill .... assistant accountant
Lisa Inman .... trainee: FT2
Clyde Lane .... chef
Richard Lever .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Hailon Li .... assistant: Ulrich Felsberg, Road Movies
Raj Malde .... post-production accountant (as Raju Malde)
Daniel Manea .... runner: Germany
Daniel Manea .... trainee: Germany
Paul Mason .... floor runner
Christian Meinecke .... runner: Germany
Christian Meinecke .... trainee: Germany
Karin C. Müller .... legal administrator: Road Movies (as Karin C. Mueller)
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Arthur Oleszczuk .... extras wrangler: Germany (as Arthur Meinert)
Volker Otte .... funding manager: Road Movies
Volker Otte .... legal affairs: Road Movies
Rainer Pyls .... accountant: Road Movies
Bill Ridealgh .... nurse (as Bill 'The Pill' Ridealgh)
Christopher Scharf .... floor runner: Germany
Ute Schneider .... head of development: Road Movies
Alison Skinner .... location assistant
Eve Swannell .... production secretary
Jesse Acton Thompson .... floor runner (as Jesse Acton-Thompson)
Eva Tuecking .... extras wrangler: Germany
Kai-Peter Uhlig .... legal services: Road Movies
Sven Weingand .... runner: Germany
Sven Weingand .... trainee: Germany
Karin Werbeer .... location manager: Germany (as Karin Verbeek)
Lucy Williams .... additional location manager
Joshua Finn .... assistant production coordinator: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Laurence Parker .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Jona Wirbeleit .... project assistant: Road Movies (uncredited)
Thomas Augsberger .... additional thanks
Mr. Bakshi .... additional thanks: Bakshi Catering Co.
David Beckham .... special thanks
Victoria Beckham .... special thanks
Manjeet Bedi .... additional thanks
Sudha Bhuchar .... special thanks
Bajinder Bindra .... special thanks
Mrs. Tarlochau Singh Bindra .... special thanks
Tarlochau Singh Bindra .... special thanks (as Mr. Tarlochau Singh Bindra)
Karsten Brünig .... additional thanks (as Karsten Bruenig)
Ezme Bushell .... special thanks
Ajay Chabra .... special thanks (as Ajay Chhabra)
Balwant Kaur Chadha .... additional thanks (as Mrs. Balwant Kaur Chadha)
Balwant Kaur Chadha .... special thanks (as Mrs. Balwant Kaur Chadha)
Sardar Bhajan Singh Chadha .... dedicatee: dear dad (as Bhajan Singh Chadha)
Sheran Chadha .... special thanks
Satyendar Pal Chaudhry .... additional thanks
Martino Chevannes .... additional thanks
Kulwant Singh Chowdhary .... special thanks (as Mr. Kulwant Singh Chowdhary)
Mrs. Kulwant Singh Chowdhary .... special thanks
Chris Craib .... additional thanks
Amerjit Deu .... special thanks
Pierre Du Plessis .... special thanks
Matthias Emcke .... additional thanks
Pat Farmer .... additional thanks
Anthony Farthing .... additional thanks
Mia Hamm .... special thanks
Mandy Hayes .... additional thanks
Vince Holden .... special thanks
Hamish Hunter .... additional thanks
Piers Jackson .... additional thanks
Ayub Kahn .... additional thanks: Oriental Star Agency (as Mr. Ayub Kahn)
Milica Kastner .... additional thanks
Marisa Knightley .... additional thanks
Tim Levy .... special thanks
Harvir Mahajan .... special thanks
Kaval Mahajan .... special thanks
Mrs. Satpal Kaur Mahajan .... special thanks
Tripat Mahajan .... special thanks
Sirish Malde .... special thanks
Tarlochan Singh Mangat .... special thanks
Nick Manzi .... additional thanks
Cameron McCracken .... special thanks
Nathaniel McNeil .... additional thanks
Mrs. Tajwant Singh Mohindru .... special thanks
Tajwant Singh Mohindru .... special thanks (as Mr. Tajwant Singh Mohindru)
Mary Nayar .... additional thanks
Ryan Noto .... additional thanks
Bharti Padharia .... additional thanks
Sita Pall .... additional thanks
Caroline Peacock .... additional thanks: Adidas UK
Simon Perry .... special thanks
Bill Perryman .... additional thanks: Yeading Football Club
Nancy Ross .... additional thanks
Parminder Sekhon .... special thanks
Amerjit Sidhu .... additional thanks
Chandru Vaswani .... additional thanks
Kiran Vaswani .... additional thanks
Kara Walters .... additional thanks
Matthew Waters .... additional thanks
Hugh Whittaker .... additional thanks
Peter Wicks .... additional thanks
John Woodward .... special thanks
Kurt Woolner .... additional thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content
112 min | Spain:115 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Austria:6 (Steiermark) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:L | India:U | Ireland:12PG | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:AL | Norway:7 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:12 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #38936)

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The Hounslow Harriers team doesn't exists, but almost all the players are professional footballers.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Jess's team, Hounslow Harriers, is playing Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the final. A woman wearing a QPR scarf is sitting behind the Harriers' bench and is seen cheering after Jules and Jess score goals against QPR.See more »
[explaining to Joe how she got the large burn scar on her thigh that makes her shy of wearing shorts]
Jess:I was eight. My mum was working overtime at Heathrow. And I was trying to cook beans on toast. And I jumped up to the grill to get the toast. And my trousers caught light so my sister put me in the bath, poured cold water over me and pulled them off. And half my skin came off too.
Jess:I know - it put me off beans on toast for life.
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94 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
A Crowd-pleasing Charmer, 18 October 2003
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

`Bend It Like Beckam' is a heartwarming charmer about a young girl's search for identity in 21st Century England. Like `Fiddler on the Roof,' `Beckam' deals with the painful struggles tradition-bound cultures must go through as they enter a looser, more freedom-loving modern world. The culture in this case is that of immigrant and first-generation Indians living in Great Britain. As with all such tales, it is the young folk who feel the need to pull away from the stuffy values of the past, and who end up dragging the reluctant older folk kicking and screaming into the future right along with them.

Jess Bharma is a fairly typical teen with dreams of becoming a world-class soccer player. However, Jess also comes from a very traditional Indian family that believes a girl should not play around with boys, show her legs in public, or aspire to much beyond marrying a good Indian boy and raising a family. We've seen this kind of set-up countless times before and `Bend It Like Beckam' will certainly not win any prizes for creativity or originality. It does, however, have a youthful exuberance and a generous spirit that can't help but captivate even the most diehard, coldhearted cynic. Parminder K. Nagra is utterly winning as young Jess, capturing all the innate optimism and unquenchable enthusiasm of this irrepressible character. She receives superb support from a cast of outstanding actors, both young and old, including Keira Knightley as Jules, her inspirational buddy who provides Jess with the opportunity to bring her dreams to fruition; Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Joe, the handsome young coach who provides lessons in love along with lessons in soccer; Anupam Kher as Jess' father, who turns out to have some of his own personal demons to deal with; Shaheen Khan as Jess' mother, who doesn't understand why her daughter can't be content with the pre-ordained life her parents have laid out for her; and Juliet Stevenson as Jules' mother, who proves that Indians don't hold a patent on tradition-obsessed parents. In its quiet, gentle way, the film also confronts the issue of racism, particularly in terms of how the Indians are often still treated as second-class citizens in British society.

As directed by Gurinder Chadha, `Bend It Like Beckham' is a light-on-its-feet `feel-good' film that never takes itself too seriously. The movie suffers a bit from a sitcom mentality, as when, for instance, Jules' parents labor under the illusion that their daughter and Jess are actually lesbian lovers. The plotting, in addition to being predictable at times, often seems contrived and excessively melodramatic (the rivalry between Jess and Jules over Joe being the primary offender). But this isn't enough to do any serious damage to the film as a whole.

Thus, if you're looking for a film that is easygoing, uplifting and comfortably old-fashioned in its demeanor and theme, `Bend It Like Beckham' is for you.

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