Goal! The Dream Begins [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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The triumphant film about believing in your dreams that Larry King calls "a gem of a movie! Uplifting and brilliantly done" is now fully realized on Blu-ray Disc. Like the inspiring heroes of MIRACLE and REMEMBER THE TITANS, gifted young immigrant Santiago Munez has an improbable goal: to play soccer for a world-class team. When he gets an unexpected tryout with Newcastle United, Santiago must prove he has the passion, talent and determination to confront the best of the best. Share his action-packed struggle in amazing 1080p, and revel in the cheers of the crowd in 5.1 48 kHz, 16-bit uncompressed audio.Everyone's a winner thanks to the remarkable power of Blu-ray High Definition.
Audio Commentary With Director Danny Cannon And Writers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais
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Goal! makes you wanna pick up the ball and kick it around. In Europe this movie was huge in Goal I he's in New Castle, in Goal II he plays with Real Madrid with all the stars Bekham. Zidane, Ronaldo etc I hope that now Toronto has a soccer team but we suck, this movie will help create more soccer fans in Toronto and hopefully the Toronto FC players watch it as well and recruit Kuno Becker to play for us.
It's really nice to see less known actors in the roles. It's a fantastic mixture when you can get an actor who is well known in Romania (Marcel Iures) but relatively unknown in the rest of the world and Kuno Becker (again known in Latin America but unknown to everyone else) and put them in a British film with a U.S. actor (Alessandro Nivola) along with British actors. Really clever, nice ethnic mix and an unusual one -- less predictable than the usual casting that goes on out there -- kinda opens the pool of actors that we're currently exposed to all the time.
A lot of people are complaining about the football (soccer) aspects of the movie saying that it's not real, etc. But I think they're failing to see that the movie is not only about the sport itself but about the people who play it and some of the backstage politics that are linked with it. I thought these were shown tactfully and were just enough as they were coupled with the human factor -- the lives of the players, their loves, their hates, competitive spirit, etc.
What was good about having a Latino as a protagonist in the film is that it shows the wider scope of fans football has. It is not only popular in Europe but in Latin America as well. The film could have easily gone down the eurocentric route of making the story about a European case, but this made it a bit more unusual and interesting. Since Santiago was an illegal immigrant who obviously took the great risk to come to the United States and didn't really have much going for him here, his risk of going to England to try his luck there is completely plausible.Read more ›
Despite all the cliches, the story is actually done really well and you will genuinely love all the characters that the movie asks you to. It's a movie full of good morals, and is very reserved and conservative; which is something that really adds to its charm.
Where this movie truly excels is the Futbal. This movie captures the game like no other. You will be enthralled watching the players' skills, but most of all, you will be nervous, anxious, and on the edge of your seat; you feel so roped into the game that it feels better than watching is live... I don't know if it's the camera work, the full field of players (some whom you will recognize), the fans in the local bars, or the stadiums filled with cheering fans... This movie is IT for soccer.
Kuno Becker is very good as Santiago, although at times he is overshadowed by other members of the cast. It seems as if he lacked some presence on screen. However, he is still young, and certainly will improve with the years. Alessandro Nivola steals the movie with his performance as Gavin, a notorious football star whose convoluted public life begins to take its toll in his performance in the field.
Cannon's approach to the story may seem clichéd, but the movie is never boring nor tiresome. Sure, he follows every rule in "Sport Movies Handbook" but he does it with care, good eye and love for the sport. Just like sport movies should be done. The movie flows smoothly between remarkable football scenes and Santiago's struggle with his own personal demons. While at times it seems that both Cannon and Becker are more comfortable in sports scenes, the movie's dose of drama is well handled and completes an enjoyable experience. Even though it's frankly predictable most of the time, it transmits passion, emotions and a love for the game that few movies do. That's why "Goal!" can be considered a successful and important film.Read more ›
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I truly enjoyed the movie. I'm also prefer watching a movie base from real life experience. So I would truly recommend these to all families of all ages and watch it together and 1... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Evangeline Wood
Really entertaining movie. The story is good. However, the actors are not that great. I have no regrets on this purchase.Published on Jan. 26 2014 by Joel Tousignant
i would say this is the best one of the trilogy the seconde not bad the third movie a desasterPublished on May 3 2013 by expresso