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

Goal! The Dream Begins

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

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Santiago Muñez, a Mexican cook in Los Angeles, gets a chance to follow his dream of playing professional soccer. A talent scout with contacts in the United Kingdom spots him and offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance: If he can find a way to England, he can try out for the Newcastle United team. Gavin Harris, a star player, takes young Santiago under his wing and helps him prove himself to his disbelieving father.

Cast & Crew

Kuno Becker
Santiago Muñez
Anna Friel
Roz Harmison
Marcel Iures
Erik Dornhelm
Sean Pertwee
Barry Rankin
Kieron Dyer
Himself
Gary Lewis
Mal Braithwaite
Lawrence Bender
Executive Producer
Mark Huffam
Executive Producer
Chris Dickens
Film Editor
Michael Barrett
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Critic Reviews for Goal! The Dream Begins (Goal!: The Impossible Dream)

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (48)

  • The action on the field won't be enough to sate the most soccer-crazed viewers.

    June 24, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Everything here is beyond predictable.

    June 9, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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    May 20, 2006 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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  • Goal! is filled with cringe-inducing scenes we've seen before many, many times.

    May 16, 2006
  • ... it is good and caring work, with more human detail than we expect.

    May 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

  • Aug 16, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    Not as bad as I thought it would be. Full of the classic cliches of course but very watchable.
    Jonny C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2011
    It is a somewhat emotive film with an interesting story, although thematically very pleased with the great fans of soccer, as to what else the story is interesting for everyone.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2011
    I like movies about sports and I watched this first instalment of a trilogy named "Goal!" few days ago. I knew that it was made with full cooperation from FIFA, and actual teams and players are used throughout the film... but that was the reason for me being so disappointed after watching it... expectations were too high! Nothing special about the story of Santiago Muñez... a son of a gardener who lives in the Barrio section of Los Angeles who illegally entered the USA - works as a bus boy in a Chinese restaurant and his ultimate dream is to play soccer professionally. Of course, due to his poor life and the fact that he plays solely for a local club he feels it is unlikely. His luck changes when his skills are noticed by Glen Foy, a former Newcastle United player and scout who manages to get him a tryout with Newcastle United... Predictable, with some action on the football field, and probably enjoyment for the Newcastle fans! I am not sure that I am great fan of bellow average acting and melodrama out of its place... I'll skip the other instalments.
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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