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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1 August 2003 (USA)
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Two ambitious girls, despite their parents' wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer.

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Gurinder Chadha
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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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 kaleidoscope of color and culture clash humorously as an Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike tarty elder sister Pinky, who is preparing for an Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking the perfect chapatti, Jess' dream is to play soccer professionally like her hero David Beckham. Wholeheartedly against Jess' unorthodox ambition, her parents eventually reveal that their reservations have more to do with protecting her than with holding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream...and a soccer ball.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes, to follow your dreams... you've got to bend the rules! 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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Trivia

Many Female English Football Players have said this film helped inspire them in their respected careers. See more »

Goofs

During several games, Jules' hair goes from being held back by bobby pins, then to a headband, and back to bobby pins. See more »

Quotes

Joe: Where do you normally play?
Jess: In the park.
Joe: No... I meant what position?
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Crazy Credits

Additional thanks to ... Nikki & Gary at Action Vehicles See more »

Alternate Versions

The word football was been replaced by soccer in many US prints.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

Connections

Referenced in I Hate Jane Austen (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Nessun Dorma
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Words by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Published by © Casa Ricordi-BMG Ricordi S.P.A.
Performed by Tito Beltrán (as Tito Beltran), The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (as The City of Prague Philharmonic) and Crouch End Festival Chorus (as The Crouch End Festival Chorus)
Conducted by Paul Bateman
Courtesy of © 1999 Silva Classics, a Division of Silva Screen Records Ltd.
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Superb All Around -- An Absolute Gem of a Movie
13 October 2003 | by tm30See all my reviews

Hands down, the best movie I've seen in years. I won't re-hash the plot. Suffice to say Parminder Nagra is a phenomenal actress. The talk about contrivance is silly. Of course there's a formula at work -- it's the execution of it that stand out. Exceptional.


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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:

$76,585,828
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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