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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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Frank 'Pee Wee' Wallace
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Charlie 'Gloves' Columbo
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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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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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26 August 2005 (South Korea)  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$375,474 (USA) (10 June 2005)
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Trivia

In 1950 London bookmakers were offering odds of 500-1 against the Americans winning. Indeed so staggering was the upset result that the New York Times refused to run the score as they believed it to be a hoax. 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)
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A group of unknowns make soccer history
11 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a super story with lots of human interest and great soccer footage. Teaches you some sports history that most of the world is unfamiliar with -- especially since most Americans don't think the U.S. HAS a soccer history.

The acting is pretty darn good. They strayed a bit from some of this historical truth -- the Haitian guy was NOT into voodoo. But I guess that's par for the course in any movie. Would have like to know what happened to everyone following the game that is highlighted in the movie, as well as which team won the 1950 World Cup. But it made me go out and do some research -- always a good thing.

Definitely worth watching.


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