The Game of Their Lives (2005)

Game of Their Lives
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG
Runtime 1hr 41mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Sports, Foreign, Period, Historical
Keywords 1950s, competition
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Wes Bentley Actor Walter Bahr 1 1000001
Gerard Butler Actor Frank Borghi 1 1000002
Zachery Bryan Actor Harry Keogh 1 1000003
Louis Mandylor Actor Gino Pariani 1 1000004
Costas Mandylor Actor Charley "Gloves" Columbo 1 1000005
Gavin Rossdale Actor Stanley Mortensen 1 1000006
Jimmy Jean-Louis Actor Joe Gaetjens 1 1000007
Nelson Vargas Actor Clarkie Sousa 1 1000008
Jay Rodan Actor Pee Wee Wallace 1 1000009
Deborah Corday Actor n/a 1 1000010
John Rhys-Davies Actor Bill Jeffrey 1 1000011
Terry Kinney Actor Dent Mcskimming 1 1000012
John Harkes Actor Ed McIlenny 1 1000013
Richard Jenik Actor Joe Maca 1 1000014
Nino Da Silva Actor Eddie Sousa 1 1000015
David Anspaugh Director n/a 2 2000001
Peter Newman Producer n/a 3 3000001
Howard Baldwin Producer n/a 3 3000002
Karen Baldwin Producer n/a 3 3000003
Brian Frankish Supervising Producer n/a 1275 3000004
Ginger Perkins Producer n/a 3 3000004
Nick Morton Producer n/a 3 3000005
William Immerman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
Ira Deutchman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Greg Johnson Executive Producer n/a 174 3000008
Angelo Pizzo Co-Producer n/a 170 3000009
Tom Brainard Associate Producer n/a 171 3000010
Angelo Pizzo Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Geoffrey Douglas Source Material (from novel: "The Game of Their Lives") 120786 4000002
Billy Higgins Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000001
Billy Higgins Line Producer n/a 161 5000002
Chris Stoia Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
Anne Johns Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000004
Johnny Jensen Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Ian Crafford Editor n/a 172 7000001
Linda Burton Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
David Smith Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
Michael Atwell Art Director n/a 183 9000003
Amanda Mackey Johnson Casting Director n/a 157 10000001
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting Director n/a 157 10000002
Wendy Weidman Casting Assistant n/a 177 10000003
Sig De Miguel Casting Assistant n/a 177 10000004
Eric Wynalda Consultant Soccer Consultant 120784 12000001
Jane Anderson Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Robert Eber Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Synopsis
In the spring of 1950, the United States was extended an invitation to compete in the World Cup in Brazil. Faced with budgetary restrictions and no official soccer team to call their own, the U.S. set out to recruit players in the soccer hotbed of St. Louis, Missouri, where they found a group of young friends with no professional or international playing experience, only an unabashed love of the game. Leaving behind their wives, girlfriends and families for New York, Frank Borghi, Harry Keough, Gino Pariani, Frank 'Pee Wee' Wallace and Charles "Gloves" Colombo joined Philadelphian Walter Bahr, Haitian-born New Yorker Joe Gatjeans and additional East Coasters for a short 10-day training period in which these young men from different races, religions and backgrounds were forced to see past one another's differences and become a full-fledged team. With the odds considerably against them both abroad and at home, the U.S. team arrived in Rio with little training and even less fanfare. After a crushing defeat by Spain in the World Cup opener, the Americans expected more of the same when they arrived to play England's highest-ranked team, which indicated such all-time soccer legends as Stan Mortensen and Billy Wright, on June 19, 1950. But then something remarkable happened: the Brazilian fans' lack of support for England, the pre-tournament favorite, buoyed the Americans on and this team of underdog athletes, who never knew real victory and true glory in all their humble lives, clung to their patriotism and their love of a sport, and scored a victory that did more than just provide an upset defeat--it opened the door for soccer in the United States. The American World Cup of 1950 would soon quietly return to their families and jobs, treasuring this historic victory, which would forever be known to them as The Game of Their Lives.