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Top 5 Sports Films: And Number 4 Is...

3 weeks ago By OL 2

In conjunction with Odeon Nuneaton, to coincide with the release of I, Tonya, Nuneaton Town have compiled a list of their Top 5 sports films.

Each player, as well as Manager Dino Maamria and his backroom team, have selected their personal top three and aggregated the scores to settle on the definitive list. The Top 5 will be unveiled over the coming days as we build-up to the release of the Oscar and BAFTA nominated, stranger than fiction story of Olympic figure-skater Tonya Harding. I, Tonya is released on Friday the 23rd of February.

Somewhat surprisingly, football films didn't receive much love when it came to our list, perhaps it has something to do with “soccer” being a minority sport in the United States and therefore largely ignored by Hollywood. Even so, you would expect some support for, Brian Clough biopic, The Damned United, but the only football films to gain any votes were Bend it Like Beckham, Escape to Victory and, our Number Four film, Goal!

Goal! is a 2006 sports drama directed by Danny Cannon and starring Kuno Becker as Santiago Muñez, a young Hispanic man living in he barrio section of Los Angeles. Santiago is offered the chance of a trial with Newcastle United and faces many obstacles in his attempt to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional footballer. It was made with full co-operation from FIFA, which is one of the reasons why actual teams and players are used throughout the film. The $50m deal that was struck between the producers and Adidas was, at the time, the biggest ever between a corporate brand and a film production.

The film launched the Goal! Trilogy that continued Muñez's story through the sequels Goal II: Living the Dream and Goal! III: Taking on the World. Whilst it didn't go down very well with most critics, industry legend Roger Ebert labelled it “surprisingly effective”. He went on to say that “I was surprised, then, to find myself enjoying the movie almost from the beginning”, awarding it three out of four stars. It was also a hit with Joel Dielna and George Green, who voted it their favourite sports film of all time. Others that backed it were Elliott Taylor and Kairo Mitchell.

Check out our Twitter feed to see how you can win tickets for the Nuneaton Odeon and keep an eye on the website to find out which films made the Top 3.

Updated 19:38 - 21 Feb 2018 by OL 2

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