Movie celebrates U.S. upset of England in 1950 World Cup

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Article Date: April 19, 2005 | Publication: CBS | Author: wire reports
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ST. LOUIS -- The soccer World Cup players whose stories are told in the movie The Game of Their Lives are flattered by all the attention their tale is receiving 55 years after they pulled off a famous soccer upset.

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

The team, which had several Italian-American players from The Hill neighborhood in St. Louis, defeated the heavily favored English in a match. Much of the movie was shot in St. Louis two years ago and about 2,000 residents of the city served as extras.

"It was great," the 77-year-old Keough said. "It was no real test because the audience was all St. Louis people."

Borghi, the team's goaltender, is played by Gerard Butler, who is perhaps best known for playing the Phantom in the big-screen version of The Phantom of the Opera. The movie's director, David Anspaugh, and screenwriter and co-producer Angelo Pizzo previously collaborated on Hoosiers and Rudy.

The Game of Their Lives will open in limited markets Friday.

The Associated Press News Service

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