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The Game of Their Lives (2005)

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Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 U.S. soccer team, who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no U.S. team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs.

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David Anspaugh

Writers:

Geoffrey Douglas (book), Angelo Pizzo

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... Frank Borghi
Wes Bentley ... Walter Bahr
Jay Rodan ... Frank 'Pee Wee' Wallace
Gavin Rossdale ... Stanley Mortensen
Costas Mandylor ... Charlie 'Gloves' Columbo
Louis Mandylor ... Gino Pariani
Zachery Ty Bryan ... Harry Keough (as Zachery Bryan)
Jimmy Jean-Louis ... Joe Gaetjens
Richard Jenik ... Joe Maca
Nelson Vargas Nelson Vargas ... John 'Clarkie' Souza
Craig Hawksley Craig Hawksley ... Walter Giesler
Bill Smitrovich ... Admiral Higgins
Patrick Stewart ... Older Dent McSkimming
Terry Kinney ... Dent McSkimming
John Rhys-Davies ... Bill Jeffrey (as John Rhys Davies)
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Storyline

Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 U.S. soccer team, who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no U.S. team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs.

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The match against England in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 19, 1950 was "the game of their lives". See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

IFC Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Miracle Match See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$175,336, 24 April 2005

Gross USA:

$375,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$388,998
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Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical acting debut of Gavin Rossdale (Stanley Mortensen). See more »

Goofs

When Frank, Gino, and Pee-Wee walk in the street after leaving the bar, they are shown walking past an aluminum vertical sliding garage door. These were not in existence during this time period, rather they were wooden horizontal doors that opened outward. See more »

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Referenced in My Big Break (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Choro Antigo
Written by Daniel Indart and Bill Brendle
Performed by Mitchell Long and Casio Duarte (as Cassio Durate)
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Loved the look and feel of this film----
25 April 2005 | by IshallwearpurpleSee all my reviews

"The Game Of Their Lives" lives up to expectations as a exciting underdog sports movie. I loved it. Saw it in a theater with only 3 other people - at noon, on a Monday, raining - but it didn't matter because I was engaged and wrapped up in the 1950's story of a bunch of ordinary guys who did something extraordinary.

Based on a real event with real, still living, people it is about heros of WWII who came home and went about their lives until asked to form a team for the World Cup soccer matches. They have only weeks and decide to get some players from the east coast and some from one area of St. Louis, MO. from the Italian enclave known as The Hill.

Frank Borghi (Gerard Butler) is the goalie and a leader of the group. The challenge is to get the whole group to pull together and mesh the different styles to make a team that may make a good showing. They don't expect to win as most of the teams they will play are more or less professionals and/or have played together for years.

The soccer playing is exciting even for this old gal who knows little about the game. The cinematography is very good and keeps the pace of the game and shots of the crowds and sports announcers ticking along and by the end when time runs out on the English players, and the Americans have won this great upset, I was ready to cheer too.

I disagree with most of the reviews I have read. This is a good sports movie and the performances and pacing are as good as "Rudy" or any other underdog film.

One thing I loved was the look of the people and homes and cars. It was the 1950's again and the music I danced to was just right. One for my movie collection. 9/10


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