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.

Movie Info

One young man's dream takes him on a remarkable journey in this sports-themed drama. Santiago Munez (Kuno Becker) was born in Mexico, and came to California with his family when he was just a boy. One of the few things Santiago brought with him was a love for soccer, and while he holds down two jobs -- working landscaping during the days with his father, Hernan (Tony Plana), and as a busboy at night -- he still dreams of playing the game professionally, and spends his precious spare time with an … 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


as Santiago Munez

as Gavin Harris

as Roz Harmison

as Mal Braithwaite

as Barry Rankin

as Erik Dornhelm

as Hernan Munez

as Chinese Restaurant M...

as Mercedes

as Jamie Drew

as Hughie McGowen

as Christina

as Sales Person

as Bluto

as Immigration Official...

as Immigration Official...

as Santiago aged 10

as Bobby Redfern

as Bobby Redfern

as Carl Francis

as Bouncer

as Martin Tyler

as Cleaner 1

as Cleaner 2

as Patient

as Woman in Tower Block

as Teenager

as Teenager

as Taxi Dispatcher

as Drunk Girl

as Geordie Fan

as Fan 2

as Sven-Göran Eriksson

as Raúl González Blanco

as Ground Attendant

as Himself
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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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