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Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

Goal! (original title)
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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.

Director:

Danny Cannon

Writers:

Mike Jefferies (story), Adrian Butchart (screenplay) | 3 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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every Dream Has A Beginning

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 May 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goal! The Dream Begins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film series uses teams supplied or sponsored with Adidas for the main character's teams. If the producers had come to an agreement with Nike, their teams would have been used instead, with Arsenal, FC Barcelona and Brazil the teams set to be featured. See more »

Goofs

When Dornhelm was trying to explain the importance of passing the ball, he should have two balls with him, but during his second mid-field kick, he still has two balls in his hand. See more »

Quotes

Newcastle fan #1: Hows it going?
Newcastle fan #2: We've made all the early running.
Newcastle fan #1: How long's it been on?
Newcastle fan #2: A minute!
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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

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

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Paint The Silence
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An All Time Favorite
19 May 2006 | by rdwing28See all my reviews

Right from the beginning this movie dose a great job of keeping your attention. It shows how hard it really is for any athlete, in this case a soccer player to make it pro. Even though the movie is not based off of a true story it feels as if it should be and there are many obstacles that(Munez)has to overcome throughout the movie. Overall the movie has become an all time favorite of mine and i have already seen it twice. It is a sleeper and if you are a fan of the English premier league or just of soccer in general you should definitely go and see this movie. Its worth your time and money and i think that you too will fall in love with it just like i have. So please go see the movie Goal cause you definitely won't be disappointed.


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