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The Game of their Lives

Category: The Game of Their Lives Reviews
Article Date: March 17, 2003 | Publication: Crusader Entertainment Web | Author: Crusader Entertainment

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A screenplay by Angelo Pizzo David Anspaugh is attached to direct Based on the book by Geoffrey Douglas.

The edge-of-your-seat exciting and timely story of the Americans who pulled off one of the sporting world's most stunning upsets: The defeat of the powerhouse English soccer team in the 1950 World Cup.

Contested every four years, the World Cup tournament breeds a worldwide fanaticism that has no equal. Until recently, however, when the US hosted the tournament, the World Cup barely registered a blip on Americans' sports radar. In this spirit, in 1950, the US sent, absent of fanfare or press coverage, a hastily assembled band of amateur and semipro players composed chiefly of working-class immigrants. Listed as a 500-to-1 shot by one London bookmaker, the Americans were prohibitive underdogs to an English squad considered by all as the team to beat. From the opening kickoff, the Americans frustrated their foe's attack and late in the first half scored the match's only marker--a shot that caromed into the English net off the head of forward Joe Gaetjens. This goal would prove to be the margin of victory, and the game is still remembered today as the greatest upset in the history of world cup soccer.

Principal photography to begin first quarter of 2003, shooting in St. Louis, and New York and Rio di Janeiro.


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