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Hollywood To Make Film of England's 5 - 1 Victory over Germany
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Universal Pictures announced today they plan to make a film of the
football match that took place on Saturday 2nd September 2001.
the tentative title of what could be next year's big summer hit,
the American national soccer team's stunning victory over Germany.
Nicholas Cage heads an all star cast as the captain of the brave US
team haunted by the trauma of losing in the 2000 World Cup final on
penalties and the death of his wife in a riot caused by English
hooligans, and finds love in the arms of a female sports journalist
by Julia Roberts.
Mel Gibson is the no-nonsense Swedish coach who
to glory, with Keanu Reeves, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Will Smith
some of Cage's heroic team mates. Jeremy Irons is set to star as Sir
Villiers-Smythe, the dastardly Englishman who coaches the German team
forces them to play with poisoned-tipped studs to try and cheat the
American team out of victory.
Director Steven Spielberg defended the film-makers' decision to focus
American contribution to the victory over Germany, and the use of
imagined events in the story, saying, "Obviously we've had to take
artistic licence to make the story work on film, but I hope that what
produce will be true to the spirit of what happened on that famous