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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
Richard Dillane ... Larsen
Jemima West ... Annette Rimet
Nicholas Gleaves ... Henri Delaunay
Anthony Higgins ... Lord Kinnaird
Martin Jarvis ... Sir Stanley Rous
Antonio de la Torre ... Enrique Buero
Jason Barry ... Edgar Willcox
Steven Elder ... Rodolphe Seeldrayers
Bruce Mackinnon ... Louis Muhlinghaus
Benn Northover ... Max Kahn


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


Drama | History | Sport


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OK, but it doesn't show where the bodies are
8 June 2015 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

For over a century movies have been fascinated with nefarious enterprises. The Mafia movies - which at the time seemed a long commercial bet - proved that audiences really liked to watch the internal workings of an organization, from how it generated its revenue through to how it dealt with opponents and new business rivals.

In a sense "United Passions" is like that: not quite "Donnie Brasco", or "Godfather II" true, but the drama and excitement of making uniform rules and regulations for playing football, or the power plays at board meetings and facing down political oppression n Europe, not to say the daring of Blatter offering sponsorships deals all makes for some pretty heady cinema.

That's not to say that its all good. It really isn't. The historical evolution of FIFA is related like a child's essay and that leads to a collective groan, much as any teacher faced with such mediocre aspirations would do as well. The script tends to platitudes and an overbearing pomposity. A film that has a barely concealed sneer at the English is paradoxically in English. As spoken by some actors it is obvious they are not fully comfortable with its stress patterns and cadences.

At times it teases with audience expectations as when Blatter holds a roadside rendezvous with another official and they discuss the implications of the Russian-US enmity in the late 1970s. It's scene we've all seen often enough: just as Fredo is dealt with by Michael in the boathouse, and usually presages a hit on an unsuspecting person. None, however occurs.

The flirtation with the worst instances of the Bond movie canon lead nowhere, of course, because this is a vanity corporate movie, full of sound and bureaucratic business cant, and naturally, signifying nothing.

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Release Date:

19 June 2014 (Serbia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$607, 7 June 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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