Stars, athletes attend movie premiere

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Article Date: April 18, 2005 | Publication: Associated Press | Author: BETSY TAYLOR
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ST. LOUIS - The real-life World Cup players whose story is told in "The Game of Their Lives" movie are flattered by all the attention their tale is receiving 55 years after they pulled off a famous soccer upset.

Three of the soccer players - Frank Borghi, Harry Keough and Gino Pariani - attended the St. Louis-area premiere with their families on Sunday.

"It was great," said Keough, 77, adding that the audience had a built-in inclination toward the film. "It was no real test because the audience was all St. Louis people."

Much of the movie was shot in St. Louis two years ago and about 2,000 St. Louisans served as extras in the film.

"Everybody knew somebody in the movie," said Borghi's wife, Rose Marie Borghi, 76. She said that made for a lively experience, with people commenting out loud or clapping along to music at the premiere.

The real-life team featured several Italian-American players from The Hill neighborhood in St. Louis who defeated the heavily favored English in a match.

Frank Borghi, the team's goaltender, had a chance to catch up with the actor who played him the film, Gerard Butler, who is perhaps best known for playing the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" film.

Borghi said he couldn't help but think of teammates who have passed away when watching the film, but said he'd had a wonderful night, with all seven of his children in attendance. "It brought back a lot of memories," he said of the movie.

Other actors in the film, including brothers Costas and Louis Mandylor, attended the premiere at the AMC Esquire theater in a St. Louis suburb, as did the movie's director David Anspaugh and screenwriter and co-producer Angelo Pizzo. The two previously collaborated on "Hoosiers" and "Rudy."

The movie will open in limited markets on April 22.