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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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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:

£857,253 (United Kingdom), 2 October 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,921,838, 14 May 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,280,577, 6 August 2006
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The continuity error of the Newcastle vs Chelsea match isn't an error. That particular match was an FA Cup game (I worked at the stadium that very season and new the fixture list) and there was heavy snowfall that day. Now the ball supplier was Umbro and the colour of the football was white, but the snowfall during the 1st half made it difficult for the ball to be seen. During the 2nd half the hi-vis ball used in the Premier League made by Nike was used instead. See more »

Goofs

When Santiago and Glen are traveling over the Tyne Bridge on their way for what is Santiago's first sight of the stadium, they clearly leave the bridge and Glen says 'There it is'. Then it immediately cuts to a shot of St.James' park which in actual fact is a fair few miles away from the Bridge itself. It is a noticeable error as we can see from outside Santiago's window an office block which is evidently built at the entrance to the Tyne Bridge. See more »

Quotes

Santiago Munez: [a bunch of the guys are going into a bar] Do I need an ID or anything?
Jamie Drew: ID... Identification?
Santiago Munez: Yeh... I mean, how old do you have to be to get a drink here?
Jamie Drew: ...er eleven.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Goal II: Living the Dream (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Put The Weight Of The World On My Shoulders?
Written by Noel Gallagher
Performed by Oasis
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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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