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

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  12 May 2006 (USA)
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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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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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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)
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Trivia

The final scene where Santiago scores to win the game against Liverpool F.C. is the actual goal scored by Laurent Robert in real life. It is noticeable that Santiago, a right footed player throughout the movie, shoots with his left foot in this scene. 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.
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Soccer Has Never Been This Good.
10 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Overwhelming under-dog story that has been done a hundred times and is definitely cliché-riddled, but I loved it nevertheless. "Goal!: The Journey Begins" is the first of a trilogy as a young Mexican illegal immigrant (Kuno Becker) in Los Angeles has a chance at the brass ring in England of all places playing soccer for one of their professional teams after being discovered by scout/former player Stephen Dillane. Tony Plana (always under-rated and excellent) is outstanding as Becker's cold father and Marcel Iures gives an incredible performance as the British team's head coach. Becker also unwittingly teaches a brash superstar (Alessandro Nivola) who has forgotten the real reasons why he plays soccer why the game is so important and also finds companionship in a strange land with beautiful nurse Anna Friel. Great cinematography and a wonderful score make for a very moving and entertaining experience as the film touches strong emotions of love, friendship, sacrifice and ultimate success against all odds. A bit long and not totally original, but still done well enough to be a winner that does accomplish its goal in the end. 4 stars out of 5.


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