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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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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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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 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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22 April 2005 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

Was filmed during a summer in and around St. Louis's Italian neighborhood known as "The Hill". Many of the family-owned businesses there participated, and were transformed into part of the set with temporary facades and storefronts to give a 1950s-era feel. 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

Meu Bem
Written by Bill Brendle
Performed by Mitchell Long
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Enjoyed but one thing lacking
29 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I very much enjoyed this movie. The return in time to 1950 was well done & very realistic. The movie did a nice job of recreating one of the most forgotten episodes in USA sports history. There is one thing I would have liked to have seen and that would have been an 'epilogue' at the end of the film stating what these players did with the rest of their lives. This is what was done at the end of movies such as 'Chariots of Fire' and 'American Graffiti'. I do know that Walter Bahr ended up as the soccer coach at Penn State. I know that Harry Keough was the soccer coach at St. Louis U. when they won five NCAA titles. It would have been nice to see these kind of summaries about all of the featured players.


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