The San Jose Earthquakes kicked off the debut of the new, inspiring film The Game Of Their Lives on Thursday night with a special, invitation only premiere at Century Capitol 16 Theaters in San Jose. The Game Of Their Lives will open Friday, April 22 at two Bay Area theaters, Camera Cinemas 7 in The Pruneyard in Campbell, and at Hacienda Crossings in Dublin.
Earthquakes players Brian Ching, Brad Davis, Orlando Ramirez and Brett Rodriguez were in attendance at the premiere, as was "Q" and The Tremorz. The players and Tremorz signed autographs and posed for pictures before the special VIP screening of the film.
"I think it is a good movie, they made the soccer action pretty realistic," Ching said. "I think people are going to enjoy it."
IFC Films and Bristol Bay Productions brings the story of the United States' 1950 World Cup to the big screen, as written and directed by Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, the team that made such sports movie hits as Hoosiers and Rudy.
The Game Of Their Lives follows the unheralded and inexperienced 1950 U.S. team made up of amateurs through their brief 10-day training stint to the World Cup in Brazil. After losing to Spain in the World Cup opener, the United States team came together and pulled off one of the most stunning upsets in soccer history, shocking England 1-0. Patrick Stewart, Gerard Butler, Wes Bentley, Gavin Rossdale, Jay Rodan and Zachery Bryan star in the film, while former MLS players like John Harkes and Eric Wynalda also have roles in the movie.
For more information about the film, visit www.gameoftheirlivesmovie.com.