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The Game of Their Lives (2005)

Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 U.S. soccer team, who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no U.S. team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs.

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Frank Borghi
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Walter Bahr
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Frank 'Pee Wee' Wallace
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Stanley Mortensen
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Charlie 'Gloves' Columbo
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Gino Pariani
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Harry Keough (as Zachery Bryan)
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Joe Gaetjens
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Joe Maca
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John 'Clarkie' Souza
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Walter Giesler
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Admiral Higgins
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Older Dent McSkimming
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Dent McSkimming
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Bill Jeffrey (as John Rhys Davies)
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Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 U.S. soccer team, who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no U.S. team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs.

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America's finest moment in the world's greatest game. See more »

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Drama | History | Sport

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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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22 April 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Miracle Match  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$175,336, 24 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$375,474, 12 June 2005
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Trivia

The film claimed the English player Stan Mortensens scored a hat-trick in a FA Cup Final game three years earlier, when it was not to happen for three years in the future. This was the famous "Matthews Final" of 1953 named after Mortensen's team mate Stan Matthews, despite Mortensen's hat-trick. This hat-trick is also the first Wembley FA Cup Final hat-trick. See more »

Goofs

The US captain for this game was Scotsman Ed McIlvenny not American Walter Bahr. See more »

Connections

Referenced in My Big Break (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Opus One
Written by Sy Oliver
Performed by the Time Travelers Big Band
Courtesy of MuseNet.Com
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A Victory for Game of Their Lives
23 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

First and foremost, I'm hardly a soccer expert and barely a soccer fan so this commentary comes strictly from a movie fan and a fan who enjoys critiquing films. That said, I found The Game of Their Lives to be a solid film. It's a product of the same mind that brought us "Rudy" and "Hoosiers" and one can expect similar results. It tells the tale of the 1950 US World Cup team that shockingly beat England (though did not win the World Cup itself) It begins in St Louis, providing backgrounds and insight into the lives and families of the St Louisians who later will be on the World Cup Team.

Strong performances from Wes Bentley and Gerard Butler lead this film to the final victory. Bentley and Butler portray the leaders of the team (Walter Bahr and Frank Borghi, respectively) with likability and believability. The supporting cast that rounds out the team also turn out performances that will keep you involved with wanting to route for this team. Don't expect an electric atmosphere, however, as this story is told from a reporter reminiscing.

The Game of Their Lives offers character development for the team members without ever straying from the subject at hand. Through their actions on and off the field, the audience can get a taste for who these men were. Much homage and respect is also deservingly paid to England for their magnificent history in the sport. This is not one of those ports films that serves to make the United States seem over glorious and under mind the greatness of England, as many assume it will. I for one walked away from this film with a greater respect for England and what they've done, and continue to do, for the sport


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