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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Initially, David Anspaugh rejected the film, as he didn't believe he could make it on such a low budget. His friend Angelo Pizzo persuaded him to change his mind, under the pretext that more money would become available, which it didn't. See more »

Goofs

When the team arrives in Brazil, the game against England is constantly referred to as the team's opening game. However, in the 1950 World Cup the United States' first game was against Spain on June 25th. The game against England was played on June 29th and was the second game for the Americans. See more »


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Tambo
Written and Performed by James O'Connell
Courtesy of Architune, LLC
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Not Too Shabby
25 April 2005 | by s1278735See all my reviews

Perhaps the best part about this movie is the fact that you don't have to play soccer, or even like it for that matter, to enjoy this film. It takes a soccer fan to really appreciate films such as "A Shot At Glory," which I would adamantly contend is a much better soccer movie. Much like the movie "Victory," "The Game of Their Lives" is more of an inspirational piece with soccer as the backdrop as opposed to soccer being a precursor of the plot. The director was leery of the film from the beginning and admitted that he doubted a movie tied to soccer would be successful. He said that his intention was to put out the best American soccer movie ever made. The casting director did a decent job of casting actors with some, although greatly limited, soccer ability. The actor's lack of footskills was combated by camera techniques and angles. The movie was a great historical reminder of a team which was not well enough known to be forgotten. I see this movie picking up its earning steam as soccer moms begin getting wind of it. It is a great family movie and very clean content. Think "Remember the Titans."


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