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United Passions (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Sport | 19 June 2014 (Serbia)
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Follows the passing of the FIFA baton through three association presidents: Jules Rimet, Joao Havelange, and Sepp Blatter.
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Credited cast:
Sam Neill ... Joao Havelange
Tim Roth ... Sepp Blatter
Fisher Stevens ... Carl Hirschmann
Gérard Depardieu ... Jules Rimet
Thomas Kretschmann ... Horst Dassler
Jemima West ... Annette Rimet
Nicholas Gleaves ... Henri Delaunay
Anthony Higgins ... Lord Kinnaird
Martin Jarvis ... Sir Stanley Rous
Richard Dillane ... Larsen
Antonio de la Torre ... Enrique Buero
Jason Barry ... Edgar Willcox
Bruce Mackinnon ... Louis Muhlinghaus
Miglen Mirtchev ... Victor Schneider
Steven Elder ... Rodolphe Seeldrayers
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A group of passionate European mavericks join forces on an ambitious project: the Federation Internationale of Football Association (FIFA). An epic, untold story that brings to life the inspiring saga of the World cup and the three determined men who created it. Driven by their vision and passion, Jules Rimet, Joao Havelange and Sepp Blatter, overcame their doubts and fought obstacles and scandals to make the World Cup a reality. Spanning the tumultuous 20th Century, this timeless saga celebrates the game that, despite it all, became not just a worldwide sport, but an expression of hope, spirit, and unity... Written by Thelma Films

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The Birth of the World Cup

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Drama | History | Sport

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Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2014 (Serbia) See more »

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F2014 See more »

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France See more »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$607, 7 June 2015, Limited Release
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Leuviah Films,Thelma Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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On June 5, 2015, the film made its North American premiere at 10 movie theaters in New York, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston, and Philadelphia. It grossed $319. See more »


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Pata Pata
Written by Makeba Zenzile and Jerry Ragovoy (as Ragovoy Jerry)
Performed by Miriam Makeba
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90% Funded by FIFA? Who on earth paid the other 10%????
21 May 2016 | by elijapriceSee all my reviews

Why on earth was this film ever made? Who did they think would care? Apparently 90% of the budget was supplied by FIFA, which just leaves me wondering who the hell put up the other 10%.

By turns hilarious and nauseating, this shining great turd of a self-congratulatory vanity project is so ridiculous that if someone had told me it was a parody, I would have believed them. It's the kind of movie that makes you want to hurt members of your own family just to give you an excuse to stop watching.

It tells the 'story' of those unsung heroes of the world, FOOTBALL FAT CATS. Who, apparently, are all saints. Why? Just because. Don't argue. And they're ENTITLED to luxury goddammit, because they're making dreams come true. It just so happens that the dreams are their own, and those dreams consist of drinking champagne and private jets and staying in luxury hotels - yes, in a multi-million dollar movie starring famous and respected actors, this film literally has the cheek to include not one, but many lines of dialogue attempting to justify football officials indulging themselves.

Sepp Blatter, cast as a sort of modern day crusader (presumably by himself, I can't imagine why anyone else would have), played by Tim Roth, is given close-ups and swelling emotional incidental music as if he is some kind of hero, but nobody, least of all the filmmakers, seems to have any idea why.

It's honestly like a propaganda film biography of el presidente designed to encourage the cult of personality in some tinpot banana republic. ('Look, he pays the wages out of his own pocket when all others around him are corrupt! He is such a man of the people that he knows the cleaning lady's name!')

It ends up just being bizarre, and you feel sorry for pretty much everyone involved with it. Also, weirdly, this film portrays all English people as racist, sexist, stuck-up tossers. Why? Is it coz they wouldn't join FIFA's gentleman's club 100 years ago? Seems a little petty.


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