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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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Cesar
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Alfredo Rodríguez ...
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Chinese Restaurant Manager
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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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Goal! The Dream Begins  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,613 (Iceland) (30 September 2005)

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$4,280,577 (USA) (6 August 2006)
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The film series uses teams supplied or sponsored with Adidas for the main character's teams. If the producers had come to an agreement with Nike, their teams would have been used instead, with Arsenal, FC Barcelona and Brazil the teams set to be featured. See more »

Goofs

When Dornhelm was trying to explain the importance of passing the ball, he should have two balls with him, but during his second mid-field kick, he still has two balls in his hand. See more »

Quotes

Glen Foy: Welcome to the toon.
Santiago Munez: What's the toon?
Glen Foy: It's where the Geordies live.
Santiago Munez: What's a Geordie?
Glen Foy: Someone who lives in the toon.
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Featured in Goal II: Living the Dream (2007) See more »

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Morning Glory (D Sardy Mix)
Written by Noel Gallagher
Performed by Oasis
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I would say this film is 'Bend it Like Beckham' meets 'Gattaca'
10 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In 'Goal' Kuno Becker plays Santiago Munez, an illegal alien living in Los Angels. Despite his hardships, Santiago loves to play soccer. So much so, that he is really quite good. Good enough to get the notice of a former scout of Newcastle United. Santiago gets the opportunity to go to England and try out for this premier football team. But if he does not make it, he will not be able to return to Los Angels.

This is a heartwarming tale of one man's struggle to become something more. Despite the obstacles and the disapproval of his father (Tony Plana), he goes for the goal. Only to find that it is not going to be that easy after all.

I would say this film is 'Bend it Like Beckham' meets 'Gattaca'. Not that Santiago needs to meet any DNA tests, but he is in a world that is virtually unknown to him. He has to keep secrets about himself in order to fit in because most expect him to fail. Some will even try to make him fail.


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