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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Sam Neill ... Joao Havelange
Tim Roth ... Sepp Blatter
Fisher Stevens ... Carl Hirschmann
Thomas Kretschmann ... Horst Dassler
Gérard Depardieu ... Jules Rimet
Jemima West ... Annette Rimet
Nicholas Gleaves ... Henri Delaunay
Anthony Higgins ... Lord Kinnaird
Antonio de la Torre ... Enrique Buero
Martin Jarvis ... Sir Stanley Rous
Richard Dillane ... Larsen
Jason Barry ... Edgar Willcox
Sean Campion Sean Campion ... Werner Lutzi
Conor Mullen ... Ivo Schricker
Bruce Mackinnon ... Louis Muhlinghaus
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama | History | Sport

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 2014 (Serbia) See more »

Also Known As:

F2014 See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$607, 7 June 2015

Gross USA:

$607

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,511
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In December 2015, Tim Roth was asked about the film during a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session. He wrote: "The film is awful (can't say that because I haven't seen it) I hated doing it, it was the wrong film but for the right reasons. I had two kids in college so I had to make a decision and it was probably poorly judged, but once you make that decision you have to follow through. It's a hard road, being in something you don't want to do, but I'm glad I did it for my family." He also said that he thought the film would focus more on corruption: 'As for FIFA, I thought the movie would be much more about the corruption of [Sepp Blatter'] at first. I don't know if he is going to go down, he seems to have survived everything that has been thrown at him. There doesn't seem to be any way you can get to them because of all those big corporations behind him. It looks the most promising though now though, it looks like he is a on a back foot now because he looks more exposed then he has ever been in the past." 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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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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