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Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

Goal! (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 12 May 2006 (USA)
The extremely talented Santiago Munez is given a chance at professional football, after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United.

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Jorge Cervera ...
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Alfredo Rodríguez ...
Julio
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Storyline

Santiago's father, Hernan Munez, smuggled his penniless Mexican family over the US border to seek a better, albeit modest future in L.A. Eldest son Santiago dreams of more, like native Angelinos, then joining Hernan's gardening firm. His change arrives when a British ex-pro spots him as an exceptional soccer natural and promises he can arrange a real British talent scout to check him out. Although that falls trough and dad forbids it, Santiago accepts grandma's savings to try out with English premier league club Newcastle. Despite his asthma, he gets in and befriends the freshly transferred, desperately undisciplined bad boy star scorer, party animal Gavin Harris, who becomes his bothersome house-mate, a recipe for trouble and yet each's salvation. Written by KGF Vissers

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Every Dream Has A Beginning

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, language and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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12 May 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£857,253 (UK) (30 September 2005)

Gross:

$4,280,577 (USA) (4 August 2006)
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Under Michael Winterbottom's direction 2 nights filming was done at Darlington's football stadium. The first night was supposed to be Newcastle reserves against Darlington reserves with the second night being Newcastle's main team against Marseille with the intention of digitally transferring the pitch and players into a packed St James' Park (Newcastle's home ground). Soon after this the producers saw what footage had been shot and found that it director Michael Winterbottom was making it more as a drama documentary rather than a straight drama as they wanted so they sacked the cast and crew and brought in Dick Clement and Ian la Frenais to write a new script and Danny Cannon to direct. See more »

Goofs

When Santiago and Glen are traveling over the Tyne Bridge on their way for what is Santiago's first sight of the stadium, they clearly leave the bridge and Glen says 'There it is'. Then it immediately cuts to a shot of St.James' park which in actual fact is a fair few miles away from the Bridge itself. It is a noticeable error as we can see from outside Santiago's window an office block which is evidently built at the entrance to the Tyne Bridge. See more »

Quotes

Erik Dornhelm: So, when I say go, I want you to run as fast as you can to the goal, ok?
Santiago Munez: Yeah!
Erik Dornhelm: Go! Come back. Again, go! What did you learn?
Santiago Munez: That, that you can score from half way.
Erik Dornhelm: No, that the ball can travel faster than you!
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Who Put The Weight Of The World On My Shoulders?
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An All Time Favorite
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Right from the beginning this movie dose a great job of keeping your attention. It shows how hard it really is for any athlete, in this case a soccer player to make it pro. Even though the movie is not based off of a true story it feels as if it should be and there are many obstacles that(Munez)has to overcome throughout the movie. Overall the movie has become an all time favorite of mine and i have already seen it twice. It is a sleeper and if you are a fan of the English premier league or just of soccer in general you should definitely go and see this movie. Its worth your time and money and i think that you too will fall in love with it just like i have. So please go see the movie Goal cause you definitely won't be disappointed.


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