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The Game of Their Lives (2005)

PG  |   |  Drama, History, Sport  |  22 April 2005 (USA)
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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 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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Walter Giesler
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Admiral Higgins
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Older Dent McSkimming
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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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The Miracle Match  »

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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 »

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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Everyone's a Winner
Written by S. Dale
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music Library
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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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