Review: Dare to Dream (2005)

Dare to Dream (2007)

The HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the US Womens Soccer Team faithfully captures the build up and heartbreak that is US Womens National Team Soccer (USWNT). If you are a fan, you need to watch this film. If you watched it when it first came out in 2005 (like I did), you need to watch it again.

We are now 7 years removed from watching Mia, Brandi, Julie, Kristine, and Joy play. We’ve recovered from WWC 2011. Two womens’ professional soccer leagues have failed, and the third is fighting to survive.

So take a fresh look at how hard the players worked to create the phenomenon that was the 1999 Womens World Cup championship team. They were a marketing machine, traveling the country to play games, run clinics, sign autographs, and fill 80-90,000 seat stadiums.

This documentary brings home the reality that the 99ers made a huge contribution to soccer in the USA, as well as the fact that women players have not benefited from that foundation work.

Written by Ms Ouisie Shapiro and put together by an award-winning documentary team. HBO still has a movie webpage at http://www.hbo.com/sports/dare-to-dream-us-womens-soccer-team#/

IMDB uses the DVD release date of 2007, but the documentary was produced as the last of the 99ers made their 2004 farewell tour. The DVD has no extras. Available on Netflix.

SoccerMovieMom Rating = 8

Resources

Release Date: 2005-12-11 (HBO TV)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1146435/
WIKI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dare_to_Dream:_The_Story_of_the_U.S._Women’s_Soccer_Team
HBO Website: http://www.hbo.com/sports/dare-to-dream-us-womens-soccer-team
Writer: Ouisie Shapiro