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The Miracle Match
4.4
from USA
to UAE
in 5-8 days
At your doorstep by Apr 12  to Apr 15 with standard delivery

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  • 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 ragtag 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 t.
  • Imported from USA.

The writing-directing team of Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh tries to do for soccer what their films Hoosiers and Rudy
did for, respectively, basketball and football. Here's another true story, a legendary upset in the early days of the
World Cup. In 1950, America hastily forms a team to play against the world. We center on a tight Italian community in
St. Louis providing the bulk of the national team. We meet GQ-ready stars led by goalie Frank Borgi (The Phantom of the
Opera's Gerald Butler, deftly handling the duties). This brotherhood of players is unfortunately strapped to play off
clichés and the movie never really engages us beyond the autumn-tinged scenery. A big part of the blame goes to the
narrator telling us what we should be feeling (perhaps because we dumb Americans don't know soccer, er, football, like
the rest of the world). No fault in the performance of the narrator/journalist (played by Patrick Stewart as the elder,
Terry Kinney as the younger) or the rest of the cast. Perhaps the game is elusive to cinematic grandeur, (how many
memorable soccer movies can you name?), but the movie is also tired and slow, something those earlier sports films were
not. There's only a brief stirring when the earnest Gino (Louis Mandylor) has a wedding-date conflict and as the most
famous English player of the day, Stanley Mortenson (Gavin Rossdale), patronizes the Americans in a public speech.
Perhaps the studio knew they had a cellar dweller; the film was barely released and retitled for home video echoing the
moniker of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team. Soccer kids will enjoy the film, but others better stick to Geoffrey
Douglas's book, The Game of Their Lives, the film's original title (and mistakenly left on the end credits). --Doug
Thomas

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