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The Game of Their Lives (2005)

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 Borghi
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Charlie 'Gloves' Columbo
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Gino Pariani
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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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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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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$375,474 (USA) (10 June 2005)
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Director David Anspaugh and Screenwriter Angelo Pizzo were unhappy with studio executives, who cut their budget from 65 million dollars to 27 million dollars. Thus, the film's running time had to be reduced from almost 2 hours 10 minutes to 1 hour 41 minutes. Some notable exclusions were Frank "Pee Wee" Wallace as a German P.O.W., and an emotional scene of "America as a melting pot" in which the players go to Ellis Island and look up records of their ancestors. Pizzo said that only 45-50 percent of what he intended to be in the movie, actually made it into the final cut. See more »

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During the match, the flags of Brazil and the competing nations are shown flying above the stadium. However, instead of the English flag (the George Cross), the flag of the United Kingdom is shown. See more »

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Turn It Out
Written by James O'Connell, Gordon Townsend, Christopher S. Parker & Jeny Nicholson
Performed by 'Beakertronic' featuring Jeny Nicholson
Courtesy of Architune, LLC
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Soccer Know-nothing loved this movie
26 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you enjoy soccer, you'll really like this movie about USA underdogs playing the Brits, the best in the world in 1950. The audience I was with consisted of adults and kids in soccer uniforms. The movie drew cheers and applause especially during the final confrontation. Gerard Butler as the great goalkeeper Frank Borghi really gives this movie heart and soul. The actors were chosen for their ability to actually play soccer so the game sequences are very realistic. Butler especially throws his body into a bone-crunching depiction of a goalkeeper with the heart of a lion.

You don't have to be know much about soccer to enjoy this movie. I highly recommend it to everyone who likes an exciting movie and wonderful acting. Three cheers!


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