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The Game of Their Lives (2005)

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Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 U.S. soccer team, who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no U.S. team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs.

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David Anspaugh

Writers:

Geoffrey Douglas (book), Angelo Pizzo

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... Frank Borghi
Wes Bentley ... Walter Bahr
Jay Rodan ... Frank 'Pee Wee' Wallace
Gavin Rossdale ... Stanley Mortensen
Costas Mandylor ... Charlie 'Gloves' Columbo
Louis Mandylor ... Gino Pariani
Zachery Ty Bryan ... Harry Keough (as Zachery Bryan)
Jimmy Jean-Louis ... Joe Gaetjens
Richard Jenik ... Joe Maca
Nelson Vargas Nelson Vargas ... John 'Clarkie' Souza
Craig Hawksley Craig Hawksley ... Walter Giesler
Bill Smitrovich ... Admiral Higgins
Patrick Stewart ... Older Dent McSkimming
Terry Kinney ... Dent McSkimming
John Rhys-Davies ... Bill Jeffrey (as John Rhys Davies)
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Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 U.S. soccer team, who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no U.S. team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs.

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Taglines:

America's finest moment in the world's greatest game. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

IFC Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Miracle Match See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$175,336, 24 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$375,474, 12 June 2005
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DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was filmed during a summer in and around St. Louis's Italian neighborhood known as "The Hill". Many of the family-owned businesses there participated, and were transformed into part of the set with temporary facades and storefronts to give a 1950s-era feel. See more »

Goofs

The US captain for this game was Scotsman Ed McIlvenny not American Walter Bahr. See more »


Soundtracks

Opus One
Written by Sy Oliver
Performed by the Time Travelers Big Band
Courtesy of MuseNet.Com
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A group of unknowns make soccer history
11 July 2005 | by maeindenverSee all my reviews

This is a super story with lots of human interest and great soccer footage. Teaches you some sports history that most of the world is unfamiliar with -- especially since most Americans don't think the U.S. HAS a soccer history.

The acting is pretty darn good. They strayed a bit from some of this historical truth -- the Haitian guy was NOT into voodoo. But I guess that's par for the course in any movie. Would have like to know what happened to everyone following the game that is highlighted in the movie, as well as which team won the 1950 World Cup. But it made me go out and do some research -- always a good thing.

Definitely worth watching.


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