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Guys and Balls (2004)

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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.)

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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:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

When Ecki leaves home by bus he sits alone in the last row. When the bus overtakes a tractor the bus is shown from behind and one can see other people sitting in the last row. See more »

Quotes

Udo: [seeing Ecki and Sven hug after their team wins a goal] Why not f*ck, you twerps!
Sven: [restraining Ecki] Ecki! Come on.
Udo: [taunting] Come here, you pansy!
Sven: [pulling Ecki aside] Hey! I'm here 'cause I wanna win with 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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Morning Calls
Written by Christopher Carrabba
Performed by Dashboard Confessional
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Good looking guys, leather and chains, love, revenge, and... soccer!
13 October 2004 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Ecki is goalkeeper for the soccer-team in his small hometown in Germany (near Dortmund). After losing an important game, his mates accidentally find out that he is gay. They throw him out of the team. Out of anger and hurt he dares them to play against a gay team. Ecki has only four weeks to build this team and train them.

The movie plays with clichés in a hilarious and yet pleasant way. Good looking guys, leather and chains, love, revenge, and soccer. Witty dialogues and good action. Highly recommended.


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