MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 151 this week

Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)
"Goal!" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  12 May 2006 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 46,255 users   Metascore: 53/100
Reviews: 110 user | 89 critic | 19 from Metacritic.com

The extremely talented Santiago Munez is given a chance at professional football, after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 11 Feb 2011
 
a list of 35 titles
created 22 Jul 2011
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 30 Apr 2012
 
list image
a list of 30 titles
created 06 Aug 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 03 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

Goal! The Dream Begins (2005) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Goal! The Dream Begins.

User Polls

1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When Newcastle United soccer star Santiago Munez is offered a spot with Real Madrid, he accepts, but the move - accompanied by big money and fame - tests his ties and loyalties to family, friends and business acquaintances.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Five story strands -- some real, some fictionalized -- comprise this officially sanctioned film of Real Madrid, the second richest soccer club in the world.

Directors: Borja Manso, Eloy Gonzalez, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Javier Albalá, David Beckham, Jessica Bohl
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

Director: Lexi Alexander
Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A look at Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of Leeds United.

Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Colm Meaney, Henry Goodman, David Roper
Goal! III (Video 2009)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

The heroes compete on the greatest stage of all, the FIFA World Cup Finals.

Director: Andrew Morahan
Stars: JJ Feild, Leo Gregory, Kuno Becker
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Football match Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005, from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.

Directors: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno
Stars: David Beckham, Zinédine Zidane
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Football Factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence, its about men looking for armies to join, wars to fight and places to belong. A forgotten ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Love
Stars: Danny Dyer, Frank Harper, Tamer Hassan
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Cristiano Ronaldo: The World at His Feet follows the footballer from his beginnings in Portugal, breakthrough start with Manchester United and current career at Real Madrid.

Director: Tara Pirnia
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan, where a young man is destined to unite the country's three warring tribes.

Directors: Sergey Bodrov, Ivan Passer
Stars: Kuno Becker, Jason Scott Lee, Jay Hernandez
United I (2011)
Drama | History | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

United is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the ... See full summary »

Director: James Strong
Stars: Dean Andrews, Kate Ashfield, Natalie Burt
Goal (2007)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Get Set&GOAL is a story of that great optimistic trait - hope. The characters in this drama fight the battle of hope through relationships... See full synopsis »

Director: Kamal
Stars: Rajith Menon, Aksha Pardasany, Aksha Pardesi
Goal (TV Series 2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

We follow the Latino football superstar Manni through his trials and tribulations at Englands premiere football club, London Rangers.

Stars: John Ashton, Mark Graydon, David Gyasi
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo Guerra ...
...
...
...
Jorge Cervera ...
Cesar
...
Referee
Alfredo Rodríguez ...
Julio
...
Chinese Restaurant Manager
Kate Tomlinson ...
Val
...
Tom
...
Rory
...
...
...
Armando
...
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every Dream Has A Beginning

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goal! The Dream Begins  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£857,253 (UK) (30 September 2005)

Gross:

$4,280,577 (USA) (4 August 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Features a cameo by David Beckham See more »

Goofs

When Santiago goes for a run across the Tyne Bridge, he runs off in the direction of Gateshead, on the south bank of the river. However, it is portrayed that he runs off the bridge and onto the beach, which is Tynemouth Longsands, being on the north side of the river about 10 miles away. See more »

Quotes

Santiago Munez: [a bunch of the guys are going into a bar] Do I need an ID or anything?
Jamie Drew: ID... Identification?
Santiago Munez: Yeh... I mean, how old do you have to be to get a drink here?
Jamie Drew: ...er eleven.
See more »

Connections

Followed by Goal II: Living the Dream (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Put The Weight Of The World On My Shoulders?
Written by Noel Gallagher
Performed by Oasis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
A Film with a Heart
26 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, this is another sports biography that offers a stage on which to play out the drama of the possibilities of dreams of the disenfranchised to become a reality. There are many, many films like this one and will doubtless be more: something there is about the 'team spirit' in the identity crisis of whether or not the poor (financially) new guy will be able to make the physical grade that draws large audiences. It is a formula and it often works despite weak structure and production values.

In the case of GOAL! THE DREAM BEGINS the viewer can put aside the doubts as to whether the film can make it on its own: this little low profile movie is well written (Mike Jefferies's story adapted for the screen by Adrian Butchart), well directed by Danny Cannon who knows well how to integrate live sports scenes into the drama, and consistently well acted by a troop of excellent actors, beginning with the very vibrant, handsome, and charismatic Kuno Becker ('Lucia, Lucia', 'Imagining Argentina', 'Once Upon a Wedding', 'English as a Second Language'), a 28 year old Mexican actor with an assured future in the lead role of Santiago. The supporting roles are classy contributions by the gifted Alessandro Nivola ('The Sisters', 'Junebug', 'The Clearing', 'Laurel Canyon', 'Love's Labour's Lost', 'Mansfield Park' etc), the very beautiful Anna Friel, Stephen Dillane, Marcel Iures, Tony Plana, Miriam Colon to mention only a few.

The story is secondary: as a child devotee of soccer Santiago immigrates illegally into the US with his family, grows up in Los Angeles working as a gardener, a dishwasher and other menial tasks while he consumes his spare time with developing his unique talents for soccer. Despite his father's insistence that he remain with the family business of gardening, Santiago is discovered by a scout on vacation from England, a bond develops and soon Santiago is off to Newcastle to pursue his dream of being a professional soccer player. The rest is pretty obvious - the ups and downs of an asthmatic kid competing in the wild world of sports. The star of the moment is Alessandro Nivola and despite the differences in their goals and social life they become friends who help each other in tender ways. There is of course a love interest, telephone calls and encouragement form Santiago's grandmother, adjustments to life in the UK -all altering the road toward Santiago's eventually attained goal.

The film is a bit lengthy (two hours) for the content, but then we understand this is the first of a trilogy, so get used to the story and the characters as they all remain constant for the next two installments. Whatever reservations you may have about sitting through another predictable sports movie just relax them: Kuno Becker alone is worth the time invested in this very fine little film. Grady Harp


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
5 top players (all Time) lucasformilica
confused about the bars!! skye17
Another racist movie.... Guygzzz
Amazing movie .. ! Amazing acting .. ! just 1 mistake tameem_10
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE ChrisH1
Never realized it before... p_wellington
Discuss Goal! The Dream Begins (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?