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Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

Goal! (original title)
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The extremely talented Santiago Muñez is spotted by a Newcastle United scout and given a chance at professional football.

Director:

Danny Cannon

Writers:

Mike Jefferies (story), Adrian Butchart (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo Guerra Leonardo Guerra ... 10-Year-Old Santiago
Tony Plana ... Hernan Munez
Miriam Colon ... Mercedes
Kuno Becker ... Santiago Munez
Jorge Cervera Jorge Cervera ... Cesar
Herman Chavez ... Referee
Alfredo Rodríguez Alfredo Rodríguez ... Julio
Donald Li ... Chinese Restaurant Manager
Kate Tomlinson Kate Tomlinson ... Val
Jake Johnson ... Tom
Zachary Johnson ... Rory
Stephen Dillane ... Glen Foy
Sean Pertwee ... Barry Rankin
Jonathan Hernandez ... Armando
Alessandro Nivola ... Gavin Harris
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Storyline

Santiago's father, Hernan Munez, smuggled his penniless Mexican family over the US border to seek a better, albeit modest future in L.A. Eldest son Santiago dreams of more, like native Angelinos, then joining Hernan's gardening firm. His change arrives when a British ex-pro spots him as an exceptional soccer natural and promises he can arrange a real British talent scout to check him out. Although that falls trough and dad forbids it, Santiago accepts grandma's savings to try out with English premier league club Newcastle. Despite his asthma, he gets in and befriends the freshly transferred, desperately undisciplined bad boy star scorer, party animal Gavin Harris, who becomes his bothersome house-mate, a recipe for trouble and yet each's salvation. Written by KGF Vissers

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Every Dream Has A Beginning


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, sexual situations, and some thematic material including partying | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Stellan Skarsgård was cast in the film, but when Michael Winterbottom left the project, so did Skarsgård. He stated that "the only reason [he] wanted to do the movie was to work with Winterbottom". See more »

Goofs

When Newcastle play Man Utd in a reserve team game, "THE BEES" can be seen spelled out in white seats in one of the stands. The Bees is the nickname of Brentford Football Club and they are located west of London. Neither Newcastle or Man Utd would play reserve games there. See more »

Quotes

Barry Rankin: [Talking to someone on the phone] What's cool and hangs up?
[And then hangs up]
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Alternate Versions

US version was cut for commercial reasons to a PG rating (the original version had a PG-13 rating). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Runaway: A Twist of Fate (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Morning Glory (D Sardy Mix)
Written by Noel Gallagher
Performed by Oasis
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User Reviews

Soccer Has Never Been This Good.
10 June 2006 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Overwhelming under-dog story that has been done a hundred times and is definitely cliché-riddled, but I loved it nevertheless. "Goal!: The Journey Begins" is the first of a trilogy as a young Mexican illegal immigrant (Kuno Becker) in Los Angeles has a chance at the brass ring in England of all places playing soccer for one of their professional teams after being discovered by scout/former player Stephen Dillane. Tony Plana (always under-rated and excellent) is outstanding as Becker's cold father and Marcel Iures gives an incredible performance as the British team's head coach. Becker also unwittingly teaches a brash superstar (Alessandro Nivola) who has forgotten the real reasons why he plays soccer why the game is so important and also finds companionship in a strange land with beautiful nurse Anna Friel. Great cinematography and a wonderful score make for a very moving and entertaining experience as the film touches strong emotions of love, friendship, sacrifice and ultimate success against all odds. A bit long and not totally original, but still done well enough to be a winner that does accomplish its goal in the end. 4 stars out of 5.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,921,838, 14 May 2006

Gross USA:

$4,283,255

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,610,873
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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