The Game of Their Lives (2005)



Critic Consensus: An enthusiastic but ultimately uninspired soccer film.

Movie Info

In 1950, most Americans had only a passing familiarity with the game of soccer, even though it was the world's most popular sport, and few athletes in the United States played the game with any particular degree of expertise. However, when an invitation was extended to the United States to participate in the World Cup tournament in Brazil -- the international soccer championship held every four years -- Bill Jeffrey was determined that America participate. In less than two weeks, Jeffrey … More

Rating: PG (for some mild language and thematic elements)
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Geoffrey Douglas, Angelo Pizzo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2006
Box Office: $0.4M
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as Frank Borghi

as Walter Bahr

as Frank 'Pee Wee' Wall...

as Stanley Mortensen

as Charlie 'Gloves' Col...

as Gino Pariani

as Harry Keough

as Joe Gaetjens

as Joe Maca

as John Souza

as Walter Giesler

as Admiral Higgins

as Older Dent McSkimmin...

as Dent McSkimming

as Bill Jeffrey

as Rosemary Borghi

as Joe Calcaterra

as Janet Capiello

as Silvio Capiello

as Alma Flores

as Salvador Flores

as Johnny Abruzzo

as Eddie Sousa

as Ed McIlvenny

as Harry Keough
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Critic Reviews for The Game of Their Lives

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (16)

Director David Anspaugh has a skilled touch, but there's just not that much drama to film. This is a very competent, very predictable sports film.

Full Review… | April 25, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

...disappointingly mediocre...

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

...lacks even a penalty kick's worth of tension and is paradoxically inert for a movie about guys running up and down the pitch for the glory of the U.S.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Top Critic

These guys give a sport that is virtually nameless in the movies a good name in this one.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's difficult to muster dislike for The Game of Their Lives, which is reasonably interesting, but it needed more grit and inspiration than this straightforward account can provide.

April 22, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

...this soccer tale is about as exciting to watch as a scoreless match between opponents so defense-minded the ball never gets beyond midfield.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Game of Their Lives


My problem with this movie is that the main actors are around 15 or 20 years older than the characters they are supposed to be playing. So they look like midlife people but they are dealing with issues as if they were fresh out of high school. I think they would have been better off casting it w/ college-aged soccer players. I am usually a big fan of movies like this one, but for some reason this movie didn't quite do it for me. It was ok. Extra 1/2 star for Gerard Butler and Gavin Rossdale...I do like them.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Nice flick, although I expected better soccer aptitudes from these 'athletic' actors.
Stewart's imitation of an American accent was flawed in some moments, but still I admire his acting experience overall.
Gavin Rossdale doesn't seem believable; perhaps he's better suited to writing simple grunge songs (a decade ago).

Kevin M

Super Reviewer

I watch a lot of underdog sports team movies and I only stuck it out with this one because of the cast. This movie was a little slower than most, but it was definitely worth staying with it until the upset against England in the end.

Heather Metzger

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