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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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Danny Cannon

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Mike Jefferies (story), Adrian Butchart (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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 ... 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

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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 »

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Details

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 USA:

$1,921,838, 14 May 2006

Gross USA:

$4,283,255

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,610,873
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the last game of the movie Newcastle United are playing against Liverpool & their manager at the time was Rafa Benitez who you can see on the touch line. Rafa is now the manager of Newcastle United See more »

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In the Newcastle vs. Chelsea match the color of the ball changes from white to yellow several times. See more »

Quotes

Erik Dornhelm: Here we pass the ball, you understand that? We're a unit, not a one-man show. The name on the front of the shirt is more important than the one on the back.
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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 »

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User Reviews

 
Enjoyable, well-made and worth it
30 September 2005 | by fallyhagSee all my reviews

Straight away the movie started well. It was well directed and all the camera work and cinematography was good.

The story was predictable but I wasn't expecting anything else. That said, they didn't go too overboard with how the film was going to end.

There were a few carefully placed lectures for the real footballers in the film, lets hope they understand the warnings.

I went with the missus and she loved the film. And she hates footie!!! The only bit I didn't quite get was the timeline. NUFC only had a few games left in the season but so much time seemed to pass by. I wasn't convinced.

But if you want a good film to watch then you wouldn't go too far wrong by having a look at this. It is far better than some of the rubbish this year.

recommended.


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