In the spirit of REMEMBER THE TITANS, MIRACLE, and THE ROOKIE, THE MIRACLE MATCH is the incredible story about the men behind one of the all-time greatest upsets in sports history. Two weeks before the 1950 World Cup, a ra... more »gtag group of recreational soccer players from St. Louis and New York were chosen to represent the USA in Brazil. Consumed with conflicts ? personal, cultural, and playing styles ? they had mere days to become a team. And then they had to play the British, the best team in the world. Inspired by a newfound belief in the team, their passion and talent turned into pure magic on the field ? and the unthinkable happened. Filled with heart-stopping action, and featuring Patrick Stewart, this triumphant story is a rousing celebration of the human spirit, love of the sport, and pride of country.« less
Bethany K. from JARRETTSVILLE, MD Reviewed on 1/1/2010...
A story of triumph against all odds...with a fabulous cast. Love it, and can recommend it wholeheartedly. Won't be giving this one up!
Jeannine W. (jrelehw) from LONDONDERRY, NH Reviewed on 5/9/2009...
I am not a sports fan but this movie was so wonderfully done! Gosh I was so involved with the story that I couldnt believe it was over already!
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It's all about the journey...
K. Hand | CA | 04/23/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES was a very good movie. It was a very good movie that I think could've been a great movie.
There really isn't any need for spoilers because it is a sports movie--and sports movies have happy, victorious endings about 99% of the time. But this story isn't really about the ending--which any viewer could predict--it is more about a team coming together at the last minute and working to form cohesion and camaraderie while facing unbeatable odds.
When the US World Cup team was formed, it was mainly comprised of 2 groups, the players from St. Louis' "Hill" and the "East Coasters." A lot of these men had played soccer well, but not professionally. They were men with other jobs like a mailman, undertakers, and a dish washer. The 2 groups had different styles to overcome and each had its own leader: Frank Borghi (Gerard Butler) led the men from the Hill and Walter Bahr (Wes Bentley) led the East Coasters. I really enjoyed these two characters. The film did an excellent job of showing their effort to create a sense of team spirit in a very limited amount of time.
There are plenty of colorful characters in the film, which strengthened the point of how they were all plucked from their lives for a mere 3 weeks to head down to Brazil and play their hearts out. There was Pee Wallace (who is afraid to fly) and Gino Pariani--who are known as a lethal combo on the field or "pitch." There's Charlie Colombo and Joe Gatjaens--Charlie who wears gloves for every game and Joe--a Haitian--who turns cartwheels and shows infectious optimism. There's Harry Keough, the young mailman learning Spanish at home so he can converse with his girlfriend.
Many of these men were veterans. Many of them had been awarded during the service and several had had psychological after effects from WWII. Perhaps it was because of having served their country in that capacity that they felt the patriotism necessary to give their game that extra "umph." The film gives you just enough of their personal lives to get to know them and spends the majority of its time on the team after it has been formed but before the legendary game. The ending is somewhat abrupt--I felt--in that the second the game is over, so is the movie. You get the obligatory reintroduction of the characters by showing the actual men (now aged and few) who were on the team, but I wish there had been something--even a paragraph that appeared on the screen--that gave the audience some closure with these players with which we had invested the last 90 minutes.
Overall, however, it was very enjoyable and interesting.
(P.S. To those die-hard Gerry Butler fans--you'll enjoy the scenery a lot.)"
THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES: Just the right feel for the 1950's
M. J. Ward | Heartland Of The USA | 04/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Game Of Their Lives" lives up to expectations as a exciting underdog sports movie. I loved it. Saw it in a theater with only 3 other people - at noon, on a Monday, raining - but it didn't matter because I was engaged and wrapped up in the 1950's story of a bunch of ordinary guys who did something extraordinary.
Based on a real event with real, still living, people it is about heros of WWII who came home and went about their lives until asked to form a team for the World Cup Soccer matches. They have only weeks and decide to get some players from the east coast and some from one area of St. Louis, MO. from the Italian enclave known as The Hill.
Frank Borghi (Gerard Butler) is the goalie and a leader of the group. The challenge is to get the whole group to pull together and mesh the different styles to make a team that may make a good showing. They don't expect to win as most of the teams they will play are more or less professionals and/or have played together for years.
The soccer playing is exciting even for this old gal who knows little about the game. The cinematography is very good and keeps the pace of the game and shots of the crowds and sports announcers ticking along and by the end when time runs out on the English players, and the Americans have won this great upset, I was ready to cheer too.
I disagree with most of the reviews I have read. This is a good sports movie and the performances and pacing are as good as "Rudy" or any other underdog film.
One thing I loved was the look of the people and homes and cars. It was the 1950's again and the music I danced to was just right. One for my movie collection. 4/5"
Travel Girl 77 | Monterey, CA USA | 07/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Game of Their Lives is no huge flashy, special effects, blockbuster film, but neither were the men who were members of the 1950 US Soccer Team whose lives are portrayed here. They were simply family men - an undertaker, mailman, etc. who were unknowns, playing a sport in 1950 dominated by the English. Most of the members of the team were raised in St. Louis on "the Hill" and played soccer on weekends.
Gerard Butler stars as the goalie and leader of the group, Frank Borghi, and if you are a fan of Gerry's, you will love his try at an Italian-American-St. Louis accent (the man also looks great in a pair of shorts). Wes Bentley plays Walter Bahr a player from the east coast. Bahr and Borghi are the glue that keeps the team together, and with their leadership, beat England 1-0 in a first round 1950 World Cup game.
There are side stories as we get to know the other players - one who is afraid to fly, another who moves his wedding date to be able to go to Brazil to compete and yet another who is recruited late for the team, but is adaptable to the different styles of his teammates.
After seeing the movie, I bought the book by Geoffrey Douglas and read it with great interest. It provides more of an insight into what happened to all these players after their amazing win. Something the film lacks.
This is a nice family movie that I recommend to any sports fan and any Gerard Butler fan!"
Worth Driving 240 Miles on a Snowy Day to Watch!
S. Tucker | Pueblo, CO USA | 07/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My 26 year old daughter and I drove 120 miles to Denver on a snowy Sunday to watch 2 movies, "Dear Frankie" and "The Game of Their Lives". We got out of the Game of their Lives movie at 9:30pm and still had to drive 120 miles home. Was it worth it, would I do it again? I have to say, "Definitely YES, YES, YES!! I loved the camaraderie between the guys from "The Hill" in St. Louis. You can tell they have known each other all their lives, and that was how growing up in the 1950's was. I know nothing about soccer and have never gone to a game...but the story was so good...because it wasn't really about, how to play the game, but how to work as a team. What worked, for them, was that they all learned each others strengths and learned to depend on each other...there was no STAR Player. Hard work and treating each other as equals was what made the story great and it also won the game. The United States and all countries should watch this and learn what it takes to be a team and WIN The Game of OUR Lives."
Really delivers the promise
Singergirl | Jacksonville, FL | 06/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am not a soccer (football) fan, and admittedly, am definitely a Gerard Butler superfan, but this movie was very very good. It made me feel patriotic, and I have to admit, I teared up when they all got their uniforms from the military guy. The whole movie tho was shot so beautifully authentic with such a 1950's feel, and the game was awesome, especially with Gerry's great athleticism (not bad to look at all wet either, sorry guys). I was proud of our team through the wonderful wise and encouraging work of the two leaders coming together. Gerry Butler's Frank Borghi was definitely the performance that was the best. I am a little prejudiced, you think? Go see it, or rent it, or buy it. It is truly a classic."