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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
...
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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gay | soccer | teammate | goalie | gay joke | See more »

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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

Ecki: No, I don't want an 11th player! I want you!
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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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Lashing Out
Performed by Hey Mercedes
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Heartwarming, funny and great!
20 October 2004 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to seeing this film ever since I saw an ad for it on TV. And when I finally went and saw it I was not disappointed at all. On the contrary: this is a great film! It's funny, light-hearted and brilliantly cast. The story focuses on Ecki, a young man who works in a bakery in a very small rural community and plays football in his local team. When his team-members find out that he is gay they throw him out of the team. With the help of his sister he subsequently tries to form an all-gay football-team to challenge his old team in a match. And this journey through tough-guy town Dortmund is really, really funny! The incredibly talented cast (especially leading man Maximilian Brückner) pull every scene off and make it believable. OK, there are clichés in this film but they are also made fun of and not taken seriously at the same time. The movie also features a love story between Ecki and Sven, his cute team-mate and these two characters are totally cliché-free.

This is a very good film and I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a really good laugh, see really good acting and a really touching love story - all in one film!


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