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  • Actors: Abu Aldanish, Zeinolda Iqaza
  • Directors: Gerardo Olivares
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBLVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Great Match" on IMDb

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This film tells the adventurous story of three heroes, none of whom have ever met, but who nevertheless have two things in common: firstly, they all live in the farthest-flung corners of the planet and, secondly, they are all three determined to see on TV the final in Japan of the 2002 World Cup between Germany and Brazil. The protagonists in this 'global' comedy are: a family of Mongolian nomads, a camel caravan of Tuareg in the Sahara, and a group of Indios in the Amazon. They all live about 500 kilometres away from the next town and the next television making their task a particularly daunting one. Nevertheless, these inventive people possess the resourcefulness and the willpower to achieve their goal.

About the Director

Gerardo Olivares has been involved as director of wildlife, Cultural and Anthropology documentaries since 1991, with the participation of Canal+ and TVE, and then sold internationally (Discovery Channel, National Geographic...)His last film Caravana , was produced by Pedro Almodovar´s El Deseo.

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The characters are great and the film is great fun to watch - and a pure visual feast!
navissima
The movie is engaging and funny, and it breaks down stereotypes about "local" and "national" identity and culture.
gabrielle kuenzli
The cultural nuances and references woven seamlessly throughout the movie kept the film incredibly fast paced.
Willimena Lowman

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Palmer on March 10, 2007
Format: DVD
Several startling sequences make this film one you'll dream about for a time. Each of the three groups -Mongolian nomads, Brazilian natives, and Niger tribesmen- endeavor to view a World Cup soccer game on television. The stories expand, then, on the circumstances on which they view the grainy images and the comradery that develops between otherwise coldly-considered neighbors. The color palettes represented in these three stories are incredible.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Less Oake on June 2, 2007
Format: DVD
The "Great Match" is not only a spectacularly photographed film, but it offers fascinating glimpses of otherwise invisible cultures(unless you're a Discovery Channel addict!)in a charmingly offbeat and engaging way.

The scenes from the Mongolian steppes are my favorite, but overall the film serves to demonstrate once again that regardless of culture, physical location or language, guys around the world are all "wired" the same! If you ever questioned the veracity of pseudo-national events like the "Superbowl" & the "World Series", this makes clear that the World Cup Final is a truly planetary sports competition.

LO
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Willimena Lowman on February 25, 2010
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Thank god my husband Netflixed "The Great Match". It was a pure joy to watch the three communities scramble to watch the World Cup. And as my husband continually reminded me, the next WC is right around the corner. What made the film fantastic was the dialogue. The cultural nuances and references woven seamlessly throughout the movie kept the film incredibly fast paced. By the end, it seemed as if the viewer (me) had known the individuals and their quirks for years. The best part is that you wanted to know these characters, they were hysterical.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Harmer on May 28, 2007
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This is a happy, fun film, to enjoy and take for the ride. The music and photography are wonderful. I have shared this with a number of friends, and enjoy watching them, delight in the movie and anticipate their laughter. We are the same the world over when it comes to soccer and comaraderie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Grossman on October 30, 2009
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The initial sequence in Mongolia is worth the purchase price. The scenery is amazing. The vibe of the movie reminded me of "The Gods Must Be Crazy." Wonderful movie.
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By Anchorage on September 22, 2014
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Definitely has some humorous parts and visually, it is a treat, particularly the scenes in Mongolia. One thing I would like to draw attention to, though: I would caution families who might consider it good viewing for all ages--it isn't. A girlie magazine and selling of lewd photos by a young man as a quick way to make a buck is not funny nor appropriate. Not only does he sell photos but the men dialogue about their preferences in body parts. Base behavior which does not qualify for entertainment. Would a situation like this have occurred if this was "real life?" Possibly. But it was in bad taste to use this example as it's exploitative to women and shameful, generally speaking, regardless in which culture they're found. Also some dialogue was crude or in otherwise bad taste. It's adult, rather than family-friendly fare. So glad I watched it before deciding to give it as a gift, sight unseen, to a soccer loving family with kids.
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This beautiful film has some unforgettable shots of remote landscapes that you otherwise would hardly come across. It's a feel-good story of three men from these remote communities who've set themselves a goal to get to watch the final match of the World Cup. They use their witty inventiveness to access the so-desired point where they can fully enjoy the spectacular game of football.

The characters are great and the film is great fun to watch - and a pure visual feast!
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Fun, funny and well put together. The image of the Brazilian indigenous peoples although somewhat negative might reflect some of the damage the contact with white tricksters caused to them - which is a shame. The film is entertaining and great for all ages.
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