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Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream) (2005)



Critic Consensus: Impressive sports action sequences are the highlight, as the run-of the-mill story invokes every known sports movie cliche.

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La inspiradora historia de un niño (Kuno Becker) que cruza la frontera mexicana y llega a EEUU trayendo su sueño de ser futbolista. Pero dentro de los obstáculos a vencer se encuentra su padre, la pobreza y las lesiones entre otras. Sin embargo, cuando menos lo piensa ya hace parte del club Newcastle United.more
Rating: PG (for language, sexual situations, and some thematic material including partying)
Genre: Sports & Fitness, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Adrian Butchart, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2006
Box Office: $4.2M
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


Kuno Becker
as Santiago Munez
Alessandro Nivola
as Gavin Harris
Anna Friel
as Roz Harmison
Gary Lewis
as Mal Braithwaite
Sean Pertwee
as Barry Rankin
Marcel Iures
as Erik Dornhelm
Tony Plana
as Hernan Munez
Miriam Colon
as Mercedes
Kevin Knapman
as Jamie Drew
Kieran O'Brien
as Hughie McGowen
Cassandra Bell
as Christina
Lee Ross
as Bluto
Alan Shearer
as Himself
Leonardo Guerra
as Santiago (age 10)
Robert Dixon
as Bobby Redfern
Ashley Walters
as Carl Francis
Donald Li
as Chinese Restaurant M...
Rhydian Jones
as Sales Person
Andy Hawthorne
as Immigration Official...
Michael Gunn
as Immigration Official...
Rob Dixon
as Bobby Redfern
Andy Kidd
as Bouncer
Martin Tyler
as Martin Tyler
Glynis Brooks
as Cleaner 1
Maxine Evans
as Cleaner 2
Daniel Maier
as Patient
Madeline Moffat
as Woman in Tower Block
Louis Lennie
as Teenager
Baden Burns
as Teenager
Nicholas Lumley
as Taxi Dispatcher
Louise Franklin
as Drunk Girl
Bryan Johnson
as Geordie Fan
Sven-Göran Eriksson
as Sven-Göran Eriksson
Raúl González Blanco
as Raúl González Blanco
Shivani Ghai
as Ground Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (30)

It is constructed of sports movie clichés but built on an unshakable foundation of earnestness.

Full Review… | October 30, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The combination of button-pushing uplift, sundry sweeping helicopter shots and a bombastic score that sounds like it came on a free transfer from a Tony Scott movie proves as resistibly synthetic as the CGI-enhanced heroics on the pitch.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Everything here is beyond predictable.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Goal! is filled with cringe-inducing scenes we've seen before many, many times.

Full Review… | May 16, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

... it is good and caring work, with more human detail than we expect.

Full Review… | May 13, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

In the end, I can't think of a movie that matters less than Just My Luck. It's just negligible.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)

A cliche script highlighted by a sheer spectacle of in-depth soccer experiences. Goal! inspires and motivates with hints of satire and laughter. Kuno Becker gives a performance that's as spectacular as his skills on the soccer field. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Most movies about soccer suck. Most movies about rags to riches suck. Most soccer rags to riches movies in the 2000's suck. But "Goal" didn't suck. In fact, it rocked. It had great acting, good emotion, a nice ending. I really enjoyed it, despite how corny and cliche it was.

Like I mentioned, the worst part about the movie is DEFINATLEY the corniness. It was just so corny and cheesy, I wanted to explode sometimes. Luckilly, it's not as corny as the trailer proclaims. VERY good news considering how horrible the trailer made the movie look.

There is a lot of emotion in this film. If you cry at movies, then you'll cry a LOT at this one. I almost cried, and you're looking at someone who sat through the incredibly violent Ninja Assassin!

The acting wasn't amazing, but it was pretty good. The leads Kuno Becker and Tony Plana did really well. Besides that, I'd give it a 7/10.

The plot twists were without a doubt the best thing about the movie. For a sports movie, there are plenty of them and most are pretty good. One moment, Santiago is at the top of the depth chart, next moment, he might be kicked off the team. It was very enjoyable.

I really liked the ending too. It was sad, but happy at the same time. I'm kind of angry that this got a sequel, because this is a movie that shouldn't really have a sequel The ending felt very conclusive.

I don't want to give this movie a 90%, because it is not really what it deserves and I want to stay as close to the tomato meter as possible. But truthfully, I actually enjoyed it. A LOT.

Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

Great Soccer Movie! This is how sports movie should be, with a tremendous story and fantastic ending!!!

Like millions of kids around the world, Santiago harbors the dream of being a professional footballer. However, living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles, he thinks it is only that--a dream. Until one day an extraordinary turn of events has him trying out for Premiership club Newcastle United.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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