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Guys and Balls (2004)
"Männer wie wir" (original title)

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After their most recent loss, a soccer team discovers its goalie is gay and casts him out. He retaliates by bringing back an all-gay team for a game to prove who's better.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Eilender ...
Susanne jung 1
Leon Breitenborn ...
Ecki jung 1
Dietmar Bär ...
Vater
Saskia Vester ...
Mutter
Anna Koesling ...
Susanne jung 2
Steven Wellmann ...
Ecki jung 2
Melody Sitta ...
Cordula jung
Jan Giffel ...
Udo jung
Maximilian Brückner ...
Ecki
Willi Thomczyk ...
Wirt
Jochen Stern ...
Rentner Rudi
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Cordula (as Judith Delphine Hoersch)
Carlo Ljubek ...
Udo
Mirko Lang ...
Tobias
Tobias van Dieken ...
Bernhard (as Tobias Vandieken)
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Storyline

Fair-haired Ecki, the baker's son, has grown up the golden boy of his home town. All that changes the instant he and his soccer teammates discover he's gay. Now the object of scorn and ridicule (and finding himself unceremoniously kicked off his team), Ecki travels to the city of Dortmund to recruit an all-gay soccer team to return and prove to his town and his former soccer mates who the best men are. As first-time-out Ecki searches blindly through gay watering holes for players, his parents endure a rash of derisive gay jokes from the townies, leaving Ecki's gruff father to hope for a change in his son's orientation while also considering closing down the family business. Written by statmanjeff

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Jeder gibt sein bestes Stück. (Everyone gives his best part.)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 October 2004 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Balls  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,425 (USA) (28 April 2006)

Gross:

$28,194 (USA) (2 June 2006)
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Goofs

Ecki wears a shirt of the same colour as the rest of the team despite being goalkeeper. Goalkeepers should wear contrasting tops to differentiate themselves from the rest of their teams. See more »

Quotes

Trainer Karl: Listen, if they wanna get physical, we will, too. Understand? GET PHYSICAL!
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Crazy Credits

In the ending credits, each actor's name is placed on the soccer grid where his position was played in the movie. See more »

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Kann es sein
Written by Klaus Pelizaeus
Performed by Oliver Hardt
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This film was necessary !
17 July 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Let's face the facts - there is one dominant and popular area in Western society where homosexuality is still an absolute no-no, where it simply doesn't exist (officially of course) : And this is....? Yes, it's football. Excitement and fun for billions of people all around the globe. But although roughly 5% of mankind can be considered as gay or at least bisexual no professional player ever had his public coming-out. (But statistically speaking in every team there must be at least one..which would mean a minimum of 18-20 in the German Bundesliga alone)... This is the sociological background any critic should take into account before criticizing "Männer wie wir" too harsh. Yes, I agree, in some parts this film is a bit stereotypical, but the important and optimistic message counts more than its occasional lack of sophisticated and complex characterization. Maybe this is also one of the reasons why many heterosexuals (even the liberal and educated type) feel uneasy about this film. They simply don't want gays to enter one their last retreats of pure and sweaty straight manhood. And the notion that some of these queers might even turn out to be adequate opponents on the pitch (as it happened in "Männer wie wir") is just ...like finally loosing in a penalty shoot-out after a comfortable lead.


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