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Goal! (2005)

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Plot Description

Release Date
• USA: May 12, 2006
• UK: 26 Aug 2005

Budget $30,000,000
BoxOffice: $4.2M

Official Website:
Goal! Website

MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, language and a brief drug reference; Rated PG for language, sexual situations, and some thematic material including partying. (edited from PG-13 version)

Running Time
1 hour, 58 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Milkshake Films, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Lawrence Bender Productions, Touchstone Pictures

Studio Buena Vista Pictures

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Other Titles
• Goal! (2005)
• Goal! The Dream Begins

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Genre: Drama

Tagline: Every Dream Has A Beginning

Plot: Like every kid, Santiago Munez has a big dream. But unlike every kid, he’s given the rare opportunity to make that dream come true—if he’s willing to put his fears aside, travel thousands of miles from home, and hold his own with some of the best in the world. The intense pressure and personal sacrifice prove costly for Santiago on his quest—but will they be enough to keep this gifted, determined young athlete and fledgling hero from his ultimate “Goal”?

When Santiago crossed the border into America at the age of 10, he had two things in his possession: his football and a tattered picture of the World Cup. Working menial jobs while growing up in Los Angeles, Santiago’s (Kuno Becker) passion was playing football. Convincing his father that he could be an international football star was another story: “There are two types of people in this world,” declared the elder Munez, “People in big houses, and people like us who cut their lawns and wash their cars.” But when Brit Glen Foy (Stephen Dillane), an amiable former football player and sometime scout spots Santiago at a local L.A. match, he recognizes a deft, fast and brave footballer—the kind of talent that the glamorous English Premier League Club, Newcastle United, is hungry for.

Now thrust into a foreign land where football is

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 External Reviews
external a rags-to-riches sports saga containing all the usual elements, arranged in the usual ways, and yet it's surprisingly effective. 3/4

external linkNo points for originality, but Goal! scores three valuable stars for its warmth and wit. 3/5
--Liz Beardsworth (Empire Online)

external link...Add to this Nivola's considerable charm as the scoundrel with the huge heart, and all in all you have a fine, if undemanding, time at the movies. Let's hope so: Goal! 2: Living the Dream has already been shot, and Goal! 3 is in pre-production. Goal!, it's not just an appealing sports cliché, it's a franchise. 3/4

external linkIf you've ever seen another sports movie, you've seen Goal! But if you haven't, and you just adore English football, this extended infomercial for FIFA might eke out just a little cheer. In spite of its promising title, Goal! is decidedly nil-nil. 2/5
--Eric Meyerson (

external link...As a piece of entertainment, it works just about well enough to sell some tickets, but as the opening chapter of a franchise it's somewhat disappointing and one wonders just how much return traffic the sequel will inspire. 3/5
--Joe Utichi (

external linkAn against-all-odds fairy tale of the hoariest kind, Goal! The Dream Begins runs through sports movie clichés with all the subtlety, style, and originality of a kick to the shins.... 1/4
--Nick Schager (

 Directed by
Danny Cannon
Judge Dredd, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Phoenix
 Written by
Mike Jefferies
Goal! 3, Goal! 2: Living the Dream...
Adrian Butchart
I Love Your Work, Goal! 2: Living the Dream..., Goal! 3
Alessandro Nivola
Face/Off, Jurassic Park III, The Clearing
Anna Friel
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Timeline, Rogue Trader
Sean Pertwee
Equilibrium, Event Horizon, Dog Soldiers
David Beckham
2003 MTV Movie Awards, Real: The Movie, Manchester United: Beyond the Promised Land
Kuno Becker
Imagining Argentina, Lucía, Lucía, Once Upon a Wedding
Stephen Dillane
King Arthur, Spy Game, The Hours
Gary Lewis
Gangs of New York, Billy Elliot, Eragon
 Music By
Graeme Revell
Sin City, Pitch Black, From Dusk Till Dawn

external linkSmartly directed, entertaining football drama that wears its clichés with pride. 3/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

external linkBecause it runs on tracks laid down by hundreds of sports movies before it, ''Goal!" renders such questions moot. Cruelly, it doesn't even feature that much soccer, even if Euro-stars like David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane pop up in off-field cameos. Theclimactic games are edited for speed and impact rather than clarity, and while the script pays lip service to teamwork, the emphasis is mostly on individual triumph. 1.5/4
--Ty Burr (Boston Globe)

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