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||IMDB Rating: 6.2/10 from AL votes
||Release: 22 April 2005 (USA) /
||Genre: Drama, History, Sport
||Director: Geoffrey Douglas,
||Stars: Bill Smitrovich, Costas Mandylor, Craig Hawksley, Gavin Rossdale, Gerard Butler, Jay Rodan, Jimmy Jean-Louis, John Rhys-Davies, Louis Mandylor, Nelson Vargas, Patrick Stewart, Richard Jenik, Terry Kinney, Wes Bentley, Zachery Ty Bryan
||Synopsis: Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no US 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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This film records the most unlikely upset in World Cup history, the 1-0
United States defeat of England in the Brazilian mining city of Belo
Horizonte ("Beautiful Horizon"), 300 miles north of Rio di Janeiro, on
June 29, 1950. The United States was a team of part time amateurs who
were drawn against the mighty English squad, playing in its first World
Cup and determined to show the world their mastery of the game they had
invented. Football fans who saw the score reported assumed the score
line was a typographical error, as it was unthinkable that the US could
even stay with, much less defeat, an English side which featured some
of the games all time great players, including Billy Wright, Sir
Stanley Matthews (who sat out the match), Stan Mortenson and Wilf
Mannion. London bookmakers offered odds of 500-1 against such an
preposterous event. The New York Times refused to run the score when it
was first reported, deeming it a hoax.
The US team was a collection of first generation American soccer
players drawn mainly from club teams on the east coast and included
five St. Louisans, four of whom grew up in the "Hill" neighborhood of
South St. Louis: goalie Frank Borghi, fullback Frank Colombo, forward
Gino Pariani, and midfielder Frank "Pee Wee" Wallace, and also the long
time St. Louis University soccer coach, halfback Harry Keough. The US
had only one full time professional player on its roster, Hugh
McIllvenny from Scotland. They had played together only two weeks when
they departed for Brazil. They'd lost to Italy in a World Cup warm up
by the score of 9-0, and had been defeated by Spain in the World Cup
It was reported that the American players were so confident that
victory was unlikely that several of them were out late the night
before the game enjoying themselves and sported hangovers at the
opening kickoff. Borghi was quoted afterwards as saying he was hoping
to hold the English to five or six goals. The English team poured
forward, firing shot after shot at goalie Borghi, but could not score.
Six minutes before half time, U.S. center forward Joe Gaetgens, a
Haitian born dishwasher living in New York, redirected with a lunging
header a shot by half back Walter Bahr, who is himself, incidentally,
the long time Penn State soccer coach and the father of NFL
placekickers and former Penn State soccer players Chris and Matt Bahr.
The misdirected shot beat England keeper Bert Williams, and the single
goal stood up through a second half where the Americans withstood
constant English pressure and numerous near misses, including three
shots off the woodwork.
The Brazilian crowd thoroughly enjoyed the failures of the
pretournament favorites and carried the US team off the field after the
final whistle. The game was noteworthy for the complete lack of
interest in the result by the American press and public. The only
American reporter at the game, Dent McSkimming of the St. Louis Post
Dispatch, used his vacation time and paid his own way to Brazil to
cover the game.
Author Geoffrey Douglas' book advances the premise that the victory was
not a fluke when one considers the character and promise of the winning
American players, as evidenced by the upstanding and honorable men they
came to be.
Trivia: the English national soccer team has never again worn blue
shirts they wore against the US in that game.
The film was shot on location in St. Louis and Brazil, and features
former US National Soccer Team Captain John Harkes as a consultant and
soccer playing extra.
Tags for The Game of Their Lives Full Movie
, Costas Mandylor
, Craig Hawksley
, Gavin Rossdale
, Gerard Butler
, Jay Rodan
, Jimmy Jean-Louis
, John Rhys-Davies
, Louis Mandylor
, Nelson Vargas
, Patrick Stewart
, Richard Jenik
, Terry Kinney
, Wes Bentley
, Zachery Ty Bryan
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