Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 58 mins

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This touching sports drama follows the trials and triumphs in the life of Santiago Muñez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who lives in Los Angeles with his father, a gardener. The young man's ultimate dream of playing football (soccer) professionally, shows hopeful signs when a talent scout manages to get him to try out with Newcastle United, a British football team. Will Santiago be able to adapt to the new conditions, culture and challenges to succeed in making his dreams come true?
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Cast: Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Kuno Becker

Crew: Danny Cannon (Director), Michael Barrett (Director of Photography), Graeme Revell (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 12 May 2005 (India)

Tagline: Every Dream Has A Beginning

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Did you know? Michael Winterbottom was the original director of the film. Production had actually begun when he left the project because the Producers demanded the script to be finished prior to commencing Principal Photography. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Spoken Languages:
Spanish
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
Every Dream Has A Beginning
Trivia:
The final scene where Santiago scores to win the game against Liverpool F.C. is the actual goal scored by Laurent Robert in real life. It is noticeable that Santiago, a right footed player throughout the movie, shoots with his left foot in this scene.

Michael Winterbottom was the original director of the film. Production had actually begun when he left the project because the Producers demanded the script to be finished prior to commencing Principal Photography.

The role of main character Santiago was originally going to be played by Diego Luna but he left to work on other projects. Kuno Becker actually called Diego before he took the role to hear Diego's reasons for not taking the role.

Stellan Skarsgård was cast in the film, but when Michael Winterbottom left the project, so did Skarsgård. He stated that: "The only reason I wanted to do the movie was to work with Winterbottom."

Brian Johnson of AC/DC has an appearance in this film as a Geordie fan. Before AC/DC, he sang in the band "Geordie".
Movie Connection(s):
Followed by: Goal II: Living the Dream (English)