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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jesminder 'Jess' Kaur Bhamra
... Juliette 'Jules' Paxton
... Joe
... Mr. Bhamra
... Pinky Bhamra
... Mel
... Alan Paxton
... Paula Paxton
Shaheen Khan ... Mrs. Bhamra
... Tony
... Meena (as Poojah Shah)
Paven Virk ... Bubbly
... Monica
... Taz
Saraj Chaudhry ... Sonny (as Saraj Chaudry)
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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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Who wants to cook Aloo Gobi when you can bend a ball like Beckham? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

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

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1 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Joue-la comme Beckham  »

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Budget:

£3,500,159 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,001,795 (United Kingdom), 14 April 2002, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,528, 16 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,543,449, 23 October 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,583,333
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Trivia

The Hounslow Harriers team does not exist in real life, but almost all the players in the movie are professional footballers. See more »

Goofs

Jess's team, Hounslow Harriers, is playing Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in the final. A woman wearing a QPR scarf is sitting behind the Harriers' bench and is seen cheering after Jules and Jess score goals against QPR. See more »

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Video Man: Eyes down. Don't smile. Indian bride never smiles. You'll ruin the bloody video.
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There are no character names in the cast list except "Hounslow Harriers" for the minor players on the team. See more »

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Referenced in Cry Wolf (2005) See more »

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Tere Bin Nahin Lagda
Written by Partners in Rhyme and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Published by Oriental Star Agencies Ltd.
Performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Courtesy of Oriental Star Agencies Ltd.
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I will always remember this movie.
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As someone who's never been into sports, it seems like it would be hard for me to get into the football (or as we Americans inexplicably call it, soccer)-themed "Bend It Like Beckham". But I gotta say, this was one cool movie! Anglo-Indian Jesminder Bhamra (Parminder Nagra) and her WASP friend Juliette Paxton (Keira Knightley) love to play football (yes, I'm going to say it the British - and international - way) and just adore football player David Beckham. But Jesminder's traditional Sikh parents don't approve (her mother offers a really whacked-out description of football early in the movie). Okay, so maybe it was sort of a cliché in that sense, but you gotta love this movie! And if like me, you go to this movie not knowing the definition of "bend" in football...don't worry, the movie explains it (I'd also never heard of David Beckham prior to this movie). And we all know that Keira Knightley hit it big: a few months after "BILB" came out in the States, she starred in the equally cool "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl".


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