There's nothing unpredictable about The Game of Their Lives, especially since the soccer game in question -- U.S.A. vs. England in the 1950 World Cup -- is firmly on the record, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Most sports movies, even those based on fictitious athletes, have a predictable ending anyway. The writer-director combo of Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh know this well, having already made Hoosiers and Rudy together. The notes are expertly hit, and because it's an international story, they also tug at the patriotic heartstrings. For the working-class joes of St. Louis, there are a few obstacles to conquer before making the team -- marriage, embalming school, casual racism, elitism -- but you know these guys (among them Gerard Butler, Wes Bentley, Costas and Louis Mandylor, and Jimmy Jean-Louis) will get it together in time for the big game in Brazil. Unlike some other soccer movies, there's no fancy editing -- excitement is generated strictly by the actual choreography and the commentary of an English announcer.
Director: David Anspaugh
Writer: Angelo Pizzo and Geoffrey Douglas
Producer: Howard Baldwin and Karen Baldwin
Cast: Wes Bentley, Gerard Butler, Zachery Ty Bryan, Louis Mandylor, Costas Mandylor, Gavin Rossdale, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Nelson Vargas, Jay Rodan and Deborah Corday