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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 August 2003 (USA)
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The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

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Gurinder Chadha
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Parminder Nagra ... Jess
Keira Knightley ... Jules
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Joe
Anupam Kher ... Mr. Bhamra
Archie Panjabi ... Pinky Bhamra
Shaznay Lewis ... Mel
Frank Harper ... Alan Paxton
Juliet Stevenson ... Paula Paxton
Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan ... Mrs. Bhamra
Ameet Chana ... Tony
Pooja Shah ... Meena (as Poojah Shah)
Pavenpreet Kaur Pavenpreet Kaur ... Bubbly (as Paven Virk)
Preeya Kalidas ... Monica
Trey Farley ... Taz
Saraj Chaudhry Saraj Chaudhry ... Sonny (as Saraj Chaudry)
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Storyline

A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women's football, from kick-abouts in the park to freekicks in the Final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18 year olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn't seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti. Written by Anonymous

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A winning comedy. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English | Punjabi | Hindi | German

Release Date:

1 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bend It Like Beckham See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP3,500,159 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,528, 16 March 2003

Gross USA:

$32,543,449

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,583,333
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

DIRECTOR CAMEO (Gurinder Chadha): At the party the night before the wedding, she is in the circle of relatives clapping, wearing a blue suit. See more »

Goofs

When Jules is shown in the game (when she and Jess aren't getting along) after Jess scores, her jersey is inside out. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Bhamra: Your sister's getting engaged and you're sitting here watching this skinhead boy!
Jess: Mum, it's Beckham's corner!
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... Bhamra Family ... See more »

Alternate Versions

The word football was been replaced by soccer in many US prints. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Sports Movie Underdogs (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Alert
(1999)
Written by Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe
Used by kind permission of Universal/MCA Music Ltd.
Performed by Basement Jaxx
Licensed courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.
Contains a sample from "Far Beyond" by Locksmith
Licensed courtesy of Arista Records Inc./BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd.
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Formulaic but enjoyable
8 March 2003 | by anjiaoshiSee all my reviews

Hey, check it out -- other countries can make predictable formula movies too! But seriously, even though no plot "twist" in this movie comes as a surprise, it's smartly written, full of entertaining little touches (especially concerning the main character's Panjabi family and their social circle) and thoroughly enjoyable. I came out grinning. Performances were good all around, too.


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