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The Game of Their Lives (2005)

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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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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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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$375,474 (USA) (10 June 2005)
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Initially David Anspaugh rejected the film as he didn't believe he could make it on such a low budget. His friend and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo persuaded him to change his mind under the pretext that more money would become available. (It didn't.) 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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Referenced in My Big Break (2009) See more »

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Written by James O'Connell & Christopher S. Parker
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A Victory for Game of Their Lives
23 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

First and foremost, I'm hardly a soccer expert and barely a soccer fan so this commentary comes strictly from a movie fan and a fan who enjoys critiquing films. That said, I found The Game of Their Lives to be a solid film. It's a product of the same mind that brought us "Rudy" and "Hoosiers" and one can expect similar results. It tells the tale of the 1950 US World Cup team that shockingly beat England (though did not win the World Cup itself) It begins in St Louis, providing backgrounds and insight into the lives and families of the St Louisians who later will be on the World Cup Team.

Strong performances from Wes Bentley and Gerard Butler lead this film to the final victory. Bentley and Butler portray the leaders of the team (Walter Bahr and Frank Borghi, respectively) with likability and believability. The supporting cast that rounds out the team also turn out performances that will keep you involved with wanting to route for this team. Don't expect an electric atmosphere, however, as this story is told from a reporter reminiscing.

The Game of Their Lives offers character development for the team members without ever straying from the subject at hand. Through their actions on and off the field, the audience can get a taste for who these men were. Much homage and respect is also deservingly paid to England for their magnificent history in the sport. This is not one of those ports films that serves to make the United States seem over glorious and under mind the greatness of England, as many assume it will. I for one walked away from this film with a greater respect for England and what they've done, and continue to do, for the sport


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