Goal-Dream Begins

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Santiago munez, a young immigrant living in the barrios of L.A. Is unexpectedly given the chance to pursue his dream of becoming a professional soccer player. Totally alone in a world where soccer is a religion and the players are gods, this underdog must prove he has the talent and passion to triumph against all odds.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 202824949
UPC 786936700275
UPC 14 00786936700275
Format DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Santiago Munez (Kuno Becker), an illegal Mexican immigrant living in Los Angeles, lives and breathes soccer, but seems destined to live his life as a day laborer. His father, Hernan (Tony Plana), a stern hardworking man, discourages Santiago from playing soccer, believing it is only a feckless fantasy. One day, a former British professional, Glen Foy, spots Santiago playing in a pickup game, and promises him a tryout for Newcastle United. With the support of his doting grandmother, Santiago travels to England, and finds himself in a world where "football" is king, and "footballers" are Gods. His path to soccer stardom is tortuous and paved with pitfalls. Santiago must overcome a terrible tryout, a secret asthma condition, and the animosity of some of his teammates. However, with the guidance of Glen, the love of a plucky and beautiful nurse (Anna Friel), and the unexpected support by Newcastle United's playboy star Gavin Harris (Alessandro Nivola), Santiago finally finds himself in a position to score a pivotal goal and live his dream.^GOAL! THE DREAM BEGINS contains many of the familiar tropes of the zero-to-hero sports story, but it rises above the clichés of the genre through the quality of the screenplay and the excellence of the acting. Each of the many minor roles is played to humble perfection, and the film artfully juggles dozens of subplots: Santiago's problematic involvement with troubled superstar Gavin Harris, his romance with Roz, his friendship with Glen, and his strained relationship with his father. The film proves to be full of subtle warmth and surprisingly moving. Thrilling matches--and cameos by such soccer luminaries as David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane--will certainly appeal to soccer fans, but GOAL!'s charming story will appeal to almost anyone.
USA Today "[T]he film is capably acted and somewhat inspiring....Santiago's story of assimilation resonates..." 05/12/2006 p.5E
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "Its almost shameless embrace of style and sincerity offsets the structural flaws..." 07/01/2006 p.66
Danny Cannon
Sean Pertwee
Stephen Dillane
Anna Friel
Kuno Becker
Cast & Crew
Alessandro Nivola - Actor
Anna Friel - Actor
Chris Dickens - Editor
Danny Cannon - Director
Dick Clement, et. al. - Writer
Graeme Revell - Original Music By
Kuno Becker - Actor
Matt Barrelle, et. al. - Producer
Michael Barrett - Cinematographer
Stephen Dillane - Actor
"Dick Clement, et. al." - Writer
"Matt Barrelle, et. al." - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 5017303
UPC 00786936700275
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Goal! The Dream Begins is a rags-to-riches sports saga containing all the usual elements, arranged in the usual ways, and yet it's surprisingly effective...""Goal! The Dream Begins"" is not a great sports film, and I can easily contain my impatience for ""Goal! 2"" and ""Goal! 3"" (which should, but will not, be titled ""Goal! 3: The Dreamer Awakes""). But it is good and caring work, with more human detail than we expect. Specifically, it is more about Santiago's life as a young man than it is about who wins the big match."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), French, Dubbed, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Becker,Kuno
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle ...an early candidate for the funnest movie of the summer.
Kyle Smith, New York Post ...a nice blast of English atmosphere.
"G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle" ...an early candidate for the funnest movie of the summer.
"Kyle Smith, New York Post" ...a nice blast of English atmosphere.

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