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Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no US 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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Bill Jeffrey (as John Rhys Davies)
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Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no US 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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The match against England in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 19, 1950 was "the game of their lives". See more »

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Drama | History | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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26 August 2005 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

The Miracle Match  »

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$175,336 (USA) (22 April 2005)

Gross:

$375,474 (USA) (10 June 2005)
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According to an interview he gave to the New York Times in 2010, this movie was made during the middle of Wes Bentley's decade-long, extremely serious addiction to cocaine and heroin. He said in that interview that he only accepted any movie roles during that time so that he would have money to buy enough drugs. See more »

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Although Bill Smitrovich's character is clearly an Air Force general, he is identified in the credits as "Admiral Higgins". See more »

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Referenced in My Big Break (2009) See more »

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Written by Saulo Fernandes (as Saulo Fernandez)
Courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
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Very inspirational and uplifting
31 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this movie while on a flight several months ago (AmericaWest - now USAirways). Could not understand how I missed it at the theaters, but from reading the posts, I now know -- very limited distribution.

As my daughter is a serious club soccer 'keeper (they are #1 in AZ, 7th in the USA) I wanted to buy the DVD to show to her club team mates AND some of the other players in her Olympic Development Program. It's been driving me nuts trying to find this film! Seems like I am the only one in this state to have seen the film! I found it to be light on the actual soccer but full of sacrifice and inspiration and a true demonstration of how the human spirit can triumph over seemingly impossible odds.

A lighter, soccer version of "Remember the Titans" -- but not as "gritty". If you can find it -- go see it.

Drew


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