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‘Chronicle of an Escape’ (2006) from an Argentine prison

Chronicle of an Escape (2006)

Gritty and gripping, Chronicle of an Escape is a true story about innocents and leftists who “disappeared” at the hands of the Argentine juntas during 1976-1983. The filmmakers show how interrogators use torture, starvation, and humiliation to crush the human spirit.

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‘The Game of Their Lives’ (2005) in a historic USMNT win

The Game of Their Lives (2005)

Maybe like me, you fell asleep during The Game of Their Lives (retitled The Miracle Match on DVD) when it played on the big screen in Apr-2005. Although directed and written by the same guys who did Hoosiers, the pace is very slow in this telling of the USA victory over England at World Cup 1950.

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‘Joyeux Noel’ (2005) the WWI Christmas Truce

Joyeux Noel (2005)

Some of the movies I’ve reviewed were difficult to get hold of. Joyeux Noël was one such movie. I stayed in a hotel in Avila Beach where they had this DVD in their library! It’s a fairly well done movie, but like The Boys in Company C, it is really an anti-war movie, not a soccer movie at all.

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‘Soccer Dog: European Cup’ (2004) so silly it’s fun

Soccer Dog: European Cup (2004)

It’s kind of strange that, of the little information on the web about Soccer Dog: European Cup, most of it is incorrect. Back in 2012, the imdb description used to say that this movie was about a pornstar running a Scottish team. Other sites say this sequel to Soccer Dog: The Movie is about an orphan, a tournament, etc. They’re all wrong — I guess no reviewers really watch these movies when they’re about a dog.

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‘Air Bud World Pup’ (2001) dogs and funny referees

Air Bud World Pup (2001)

In the Disney Air Bud franchise, a dog named Buddy plays on all the sports teams at a high school. In Air Bud 3: World Pup, Buddy’s owner joins the team because of the new girl from England (who is the best player).

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‘Atlético San Pancho’ (2001) cows and Coca Cola

Atletico San Pancho (2001)

When a red Coca Cola soccer ball falls from the sky, the school janitor takes this as a sign that he must revive the soccer tradition of his village. With the help of a former pro who has come home to run his father’s tiny store, janitor Don Pepe assembles team Atlético San Pancho. The school team progresses to the Cocoa Cola Championship game, played in the Azteca stadium.

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‘Soccer Dog: The Movie’ (1999) well done in good fun

Soccer Dog: The Movie (1999)

In Soccer Dog: The Movie, a 34 year old man, who grew up in a orphanage, moves to a true soccer town. Realizing he can’t participate in the fun without a son, he and his wife return to the orphanage to adopt a young teenage boy, who subsequently brings home a stray dog.

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‘The Big Green’ (1995) a timeless Disney soccer movie

The Big Green (1995)

The Big Green is a formulaic Disney movie about an underdog soccer team. Disney knows how to create a film that doesn’t age, and that can be shown to successive generations of little kids for decades. The Big Green is the Disney equivalent of a Twinkie.

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‘Pilkarski Poker’ (1989) how to bribe Polish referees

Pilkarski Poker (1989)

In Pilkarski Poker (aka Soccer Poker), Laguna is a former star player who has risen to the top of the referee ranks despite his drinking. A co-op of owners bribes him to make calls that will ensure which team will win the premier league and which will be relegated. But Laguna hasn’t taken bribes before, and all is not as it seems.