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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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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)

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$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

When the team arrives in Brazil, the game against England is constantly referred to as the team's opening game. However, in the 1950 World Cup the United States' first game was against Spain on June 25th. The game against England was played on June 29th and was the second game for the Americans. See more »

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Referenced in My Big Break (2009) See more »

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Meu Bem
Written by William Brendle
Performed by Mitchell Long
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Not Too Shabby
25 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps the best part about this movie is the fact that you don't have to play soccer, or even like it for that matter, to enjoy this film. It takes a soccer fan to really appreciate films such as "A Shot At Glory," which I would adamantly contend is a much better soccer movie. Much like the movie "Victory," "The Game of Their Lives" is more of an inspirational piece with soccer as the backdrop as opposed to soccer being a precursor of the plot. The director was leery of the film from the beginning and admitted that he doubted a movie tied to soccer would be successful. He said that his intention was to put out the best American soccer movie ever made. The casting director did a decent job of casting actors with some, although greatly limited, soccer ability. The actor's lack of footskills was combated by camera techniques and angles. The movie was a great historical reminder of a team which was not well enough known to be forgotten. I see this movie picking up its earning steam as soccer moms begin getting wind of it. It is a great family movie and very clean content. Think "Remember the Titans."


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