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Plot: Santiago's father, Hernan Munez, smuggled his penniless Mexican family over the US border to seek a better, albeit modest future in L.A. Eldest son Santiago dreams of more, like native Angelinos, then joining Hernan's gardening firm. His change arrives when a British ex-pro spots him as an exceptional soccer natural and promises he can arrange a real British talent scout to check him out. Although that falls trough and dad forbids it, Santiago accepts grandma's savings to try out with English premier league club Newcastle. Despite his asthma, he gets in and befriends the freshly transferred, desperately undisciplined bad boy star scorer, party animal Gavin Harris, who becomes his bothersome house-mate, a recipe for trouble and yet each's salvation. Runtime: 118 mins Release Date: 11 May 2005
GOAL is a really great film with an exciting storyline. The different parts go really well together. It is a typical football fan's film and is great fun to watch. The characters are great and the acting is superb! I would recommend anyone who likes footie to go and see it, especially if you're a Newcastle United fan. It features Alan Shearer, Keiron Dyer, Lee Bowyer, Steven Gerrard and Patrick Kluivert. It is well worth a visit and is definitely worth 10/10!!! I took a friend who hates football but she decided she would go. She thoroughly enjoyed the film and would also recommend it. <more>
My overall opinion is: a great film that flows well and is very enjoyable!
One of the best movies this year--Great Family Film (by fats10fats7)
This movie was tops! It's a great film pretty much anyone in your family could see and enjoy. The way it was released here in the States as a PG film with some scenes edited out, it's inoffensive enough. I've since gotten the DVD bootleg floating around here in New York and have seen the edited scenes. They really weren't necessary to make the film a good one so you're not missing anything if you're only seeing the version released here in the States .It was really nice to see less known actors in the roles. I'm personally sick and tired of the same little old <more>
crowd always getting parts in everything. 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 about the sport itself although I think there's a fair amount of that in there as well as much as it is 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 States and didn't really have much going for him here as is the case for most illegal immigrants anyway and is becoming more and more true with the newer policies being undertaken here his risk of going to England to try his luck there is completely plausible to me. I have actually seen similar things tried by other Latinos going to Europe to see if their luck is better there than here for obtaining residence, etc. Some people may feel that the portrayal of the Latino family was stereotypical, but on the whole, I thought it was positive with the characters being honest and working hard for a living rather than being common hoodlums as they are sadly put forth in many films. Santiago was shown to be a modest young man who is not too full of himself and a generally likable character.
Right from the beginning this movie dose a great job of keeping your attention. It shows how hard it really is for any athlete, in this case a soccer player to make it pro. Even though the movie is not based off of a true story it feels as if it should be and there are many obstacles that Munez has to overcome throughout the movie. Overall the movie has become an all time favorite of mine and i have already seen it twice. It is a sleeper and if you are a fan of the English premier league or just of soccer in general you should definitely go and see this movie. Its worth your time and money <more>
and i think that you too will fall in love with it just like i have. So please go see the movie Goal cause you definitely won't be disappointed.
G-G-GOAL!!! I'm so pleased that there's finally a decent movie about soccer, a sport which for the longest time, doesn't seem to get movie producers excited to put out on screen. Having FIFA sanction this film means getting some realism injected, and lending to the authenticity of is the English Premier League club Newcastle United, together with a host of real life soccer superstars like Beckham, Zidane and Raul.While the settings and the game results are real, we follow the fictional story of an illegal Mexican immigrant to Los Angeles, Santiago Munez, street footballer <more>
extrodinaire. He gets his lucky break when an ex-Newcastle United player turned scout, Glen Foy, chances upon his games, and invites him over to England for trials.For a guy who's struggling to make ends meet, this presents the perfect opportunity to take a stab at his dream. But tension builds as his father disapproves and is skeptical at both the chance as well as his son's gift to make it big. So he leaves his real dad and family behind, to follow in the footsteps of Foy, his surrogate father in England.The highlight of the movie is not the real football games that the actors get seamlessly transplanted onto, but rather the many trials and tribulations that Munez goes through to earn his rightful place in the squad. His disastrous first appearance almost made him take the first plane home, and I'd bet many in the audience thought it would be a breeze actually for him to make it to first team. Thankfully, the focus was on his sheer determination to overcome the lack of niceties towards newcomer rookies like himself, and the difficulties and temptations which fill his 30 days trial that Foy literally begged for.What you read in the papers of the decadent lifestyle of footballers are all in here - the booze, the parties, the clubbing, the women, even video games taking a stab at David James maybe? . Munez gets introduced to these by fellow teammate and cocky new German acquisition Gavin Harris, whose partying lifestyle takes a toll on his game, and becomes the Toon Army's boo-boy. It's fantastic how these two characters contrast each other, and help each other along the way.For non-fans of the beautiful game, fear not, you're not gonna be alienated in this movie, as it doesn't sink into technicalities like the dreaded offside rule. You'll enjoy the movie simply because of the strong human drama weaved into the story, as well as the familiarity of easily identifiable themes of hard work, right ethics, living your dreams and fulfilling your aspirations.Newcastle fans however, will rejoice, as the hallowed grounds of St James Park gets put on the silver screen. For fans without the opportunity of visiting their beloved club, they can gawk at the dressing room, the gym, the dugout, the pitch up close, the city neighbourhood, and "mingle" with fellow fanatical Geordies. Club captain Alan Shearer makes appearances too, as do the many other first team players. But the screen version of the club manager looks uncannily modelled after Arsenal's Arsene Wenger. Fans of Fulham, Chelsea and Liverpool can also see their heroes on screen as well.Santiago Munez is played by a relative newcomer, Mexican actor Kuno Becker, who was put on real soccer training to improve his skills and make him look credible and natural with the ball at his feet. At certain angles with his short crop, he looks like Michael Owen, who now is playing for Newcastle he wasn't when this movie was filmed .I so dig the soundtrack, especially the guitar piece which opened the movie, and track from the trailer which also made its way into the movie - Kasabian's Club Foot, and various pieces by Brit-band Oasis. A pity it's only out in the stores on October 16 based on Amazon , but I'll be there to pick it up when it hit the shelves.The ending, even though it wrapped up all the pieces nicely, is a bit abrupt, but I guess it would lead directly into the planned sequels of a trilogy, which involve Real Madrid and the World Cup. This is one movie which can spark someone's interest in soccer, and I'd recommend it to both fans and non-fans alike. Don't let this movie dribble past you!
who refuses to accept his child's potential, the doting grandparent who can see the potential that lies within our hero, the outsider who promises a way to fame and fortune and so on... But, like the first few "Rocky" movies, this one delivers without falling into the usual schmaltzy pitfalls.Kuno Becker is very well cast as promising young player Santiago Munez. He is earnest, honest, and gives off that glow of burning desire to be the best. My only knock is that he doesn't quite physically look the part at times. When they line him up with real professionals he looks a touch slight and skinny, not quite boasting the musleclature of a professional athlete. The supporting cast works out well, too. No real complaints to offer as everyone seems to be a very good fit. Alessandro Nivola's dialect could use a spot of work, but no one outside of the UK will really pick up on this. I very much liked Marcel Irues as Newcastle United's Manager. He seemed to be a totally natural fit for the role and is a shoe in for the lead if someone ever decides to make the "Aime Jacquet story".Where this movie really takes off is on the pitch, whether its a park in LA, the training ground in Newcastle, or St. James Park, the home of Newcastle United. The soccer scenes are exceptionally well done and look realistic. Real players feature prominently all over film, both on and off the pitch, and not just in walk on cameos, ie "Bend it like Beckham". The action is convincing, the tackles are crunching, and the goals are authentic and not the usual over the top spectacle anyone remember Pele's winner from "Victory"? Becker fits in well with the action scenes, though it's odd how you never really see all of Becker on the ball and usually just the waist up, kind of like they found some else to do all the little flicks and stepovers...And for all those who say "it can't happen", I beg to differ. This movie is not fantasy. In fact, they could have made a biopic about a young Calgarian from Western Canada who somehow manages to make Bayern Munich, works his way up through the reserves, and in his premier season with the senior side wins the league and European Cup, makes the England side for World Cup 2002, and returns again to be the best England player in World Cup 2006! Maybe someday someone out there will make the "Owen Hargreaves story".All in all, great stuff and I'm already looking forward to Goal 2 & 3.
This is one of the best Soccer movies ever made. An awesome story with Santiago chasing his dream. It was truly beautiful. With a father to restrict him and a grandmother to help. This movie is totally different from other soccer movies like Bend it Like Beckham which was a drag with bad jokes. Goal was awesome, a young man chasing his dream and nothing could stop him, nothing not even 3 faliures, loss of money, scandal etc One of the best parts were his skills. They were truly amazing. It was amazing how at the end his father actually watched a match. This film really moved me as i am a <more>
great soccer fans. They had a sprinkle of humour and celebrities, but at the end this movie was truly amazing, can't wait for the next two!
It's trivial, but how can a poor Mexican gardener have perfectly capped teeth? (by imxo)
GOAL is a very good soccer film, sort of a throwback to all the sports films of the 1940's-50's. There were some unexpected surprises, too. I never knew that Newcastle could look so good. I had only seen it depicted in the wonderful "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" TV series, and then parts of it were being dismantled by the Auf Wiedersehen crew - including Christopher Fairbanks, who has a smallish role in GOAL. Do I recommend GOAL for soccer fans? Most certainly; and for fans of British movies, too. There are one or two very minor things about the movie that leave me a bit puzzled, <more>
though.How can Tony Plana, the actor playing the hero's Mexican gardener father and illegal border crosser, realistically play that role when he's got a mouth full of those artificially big, bright Hollywood teeth? I just couldn't get past it - an illegal gardener without a green card but who's got thousands of dollars in dental work blazing across the screen! No self-respecting actor should ever get involved with this absurd fad of capping, whitening, bleaching and brightening. It's fake, fake, fake. As good an actor as Plana is, I'd have disqualified him from the role for that reason alone.My other comment is really a question. Who is playing the broadcast commentator in the film? The credits say it's someone named Rob Lee. However, the voice seems to ring a bell for me, yet I can't find anyone in football broadcasting named Rob Lee. Whoever it is, he's doing a fine job and sounds very authentic.I really liked the film.
Been to the cinema tonight to see this latest entry in the football movie genre, and I have to say that I wasn't disappointed overall - but then again, I am a Newcastle fan, from Newcastle ! 'Goal' tells the story of a young Mexican, Santiago Munez who is offered a trial with English side, Newcastle United when he is spotted playing local football in Los Angeles. The film charts his progress from his childhood, right through to his first team debut for Newcastle.If you are after film with a complex, thought provoking plot, then you won't enjoy this - but if you enjoy football, <more>
and like 'boys own adventures', then this won't disappoint.
Finally, a football film worth talking about! (by thomas-hardcastle-2)
This film is basically Rocky but with a football. It's a rags-to-riches tale of a promising Mexican youngster with nothing in life, apart from incredible footballing skills.Some of the CGI football shots are poor, but the budget for this film was not massive, and they did what they could. The use of cameos from the likes of Shearer, Zidane, Beckham and Raul added to both the credibility and believability of the overall piece.The film is sad and at times funny, and can be enjoyed by the whole family, including people with no interest in football. It's a story of triumph over adversity, <more>
and of people pulling together to help someone get ahead in life, by doing what they do best.Overall, this is the best football film ever made, in my opinion. You can tell that the people who made it knew their subject matter - something that simply cannot be said for Green Street Hooligans which concentrated on fan violence, rather than the beautiful game.