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The Golden Ball (1994)

Le ballon d'or (original title)
The story of Salif Keïta, first "Ballon d'or d'Afrique" (African Golden Ball).


Cheik Doukouré




Credited cast:
Aboubacar Sidiki Sumah Aboubacar Sidiki Sumah ... Bandian
Agnès Soral ... Isabella
Habib Hammoud Habib Hammoud ... Bechir
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mody Sory Barry Mody Sory Barry ... Radio Kankan
Amara Camara Amara Camara
Mariam Kaba Mariam Kaba ... Fanta
Salif Keita Salif Keita ... Karim
Aboubacar Kolta Aboubacar Kolta ... Bouba
Lamua Kouyate Lamua Kouyate ... Sara


Bandian (Aboubacar Sidiki Sumah) is a young Guinean boy from the village of Makono, and fan of Roger Milla. On the soccer fields, his teammates call him "le Turbo". When his been offered a real leather ball, he paints it in gold. Karim (Salif Keïta), the coach of a soccer team, welcome him in his formation center in Conakry. Written by cdang

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plot has been over done yet this film still has inspiration
3 September 2000 | by s003121See all my reviews

The film is the over-common young "underdog" sets out on life journey to become a great sports-person story. As un-original as the plot is, it still has its moments in this rags to riches football tale. Based around the 12 year-old boy,Bandian who sets out to be Africa's greatest football player. The film crosses the boundary of ethics when the future of the boy is debated by his elders. One has the money-making ideals to send the boy to Europe where the big league is, the other, to keep the boy in Africa to represent the continent. Overall, well done spin on a common story

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France | Guinea

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13 April 1994 (France) See more »

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Chrysalide Film See more »
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