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Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

Goal! (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Sport | 12 May 2006 (USA)
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The extremely talented Santiago Munez is given a chance at professional football, after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo Guerra ... 10-Year-Old Santiago
... Hernan Munez
... Mercedes
... Santiago Munez
Jorge Cervera ... Cesar
... Referee
Alfredo Rodríguez ... Julio
... Chinese Restaurant Manager
Kate Tomlinson ... Val
... Tom
... Rory
... Glen Foy
... Barry Rankin
Jonathan Hernandez ... Armando
... 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

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, language and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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12 May 2006 (USA)  »

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Goal! The Dream Begins  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£857,253 (United Kingdom), 2 October 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,921,838, 14 May 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,280,577, 6 August 2006
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Trivia

Gavin Harris' actor spent a lot of time with people who were from London so he could try to copy their accent for this role. See more »

Goofs

When Santiago is kicking balls into dumpsters in a back alley, he's clearly right footed. However the free-kick he scores against Liverpool at the end of the film is taken by a left footer (Laurent Robert). 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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Connections

Featured in Goal II: Living the Dream (2007) See more »

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Cast No Shadow (UNKLE Beachhead Mix)
Written by Noel Gallagher
Performed by Oasis
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It's trivial, but how can a poor Mexican gardener have perfectly capped teeth?
28 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

GOAL is a very good soccer film, sort of a throwback to all the sports films of the 1940's-50's. There were some unexpected surprises, too. I never knew that Newcastle could look so good. I had only seen it depicted in the wonderful "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" TV series, and then parts of it were being dismantled by the Auf Wiedersehen crew - including Christopher Fairbanks, who has a smallish role in GOAL. Do I recommend GOAL for soccer fans? Most certainly; and for fans of British movies, too. There are one or two very minor things about the movie that leave me a bit puzzled, though.

How can Tony Plana, the actor playing the hero's Mexican gardener father and illegal border crosser, realistically play that role when he's got a mouth full of those artificially big, bright Hollywood teeth? I just couldn't get past it - an illegal gardener without a green card but who's got thousands of dollars in dental work blazing across the screen! No self-respecting actor should ever get involved with this absurd fad of capping, whitening, bleaching and brightening. It's fake, fake, fake. As good an actor as Plana is, I'd have disqualified him from the role for that reason alone.

My other comment is really a question. Who is playing the broadcast commentator in the film? The credits say it's someone named Rob Lee. However, the voice seems to ring a bell for me, yet I can't find anyone in football broadcasting named Rob Lee. Whoever it is, he's doing a fine job and sounds very authentic.

I really liked the film.


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