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Futbaal: The Price of Dreams


Category: Sport
All Genres: Sport
Release Year: 2007
Country: USA
Runtime:
Rating: 2.3 (0)
Languages: Persian, English
Director: Erik Laibe
Sound: Mono
Taglines:

  • A young soccer star is given a life altering opportunity- the chance to leave his politically and religiously suppressive homeland and stay in the United States to live the American Dream.

  • Writing by: I.J. Azimzadeh – writer

    Produced by: I.J. Azimzadeh – producer
    Steven Dietrich – line producer
    Michael Kennedy – consulting producer
    Erik Laibe – producer
    John Moser – executive producer

    Cast: Sasha Maxime – Babak
    Natalie Oman – Soraya
    Dan Metcalfe – Ramsey
    Mekabiz Mohadjer – Mourad
    Christopher Maleki – Dr.Shafian
    Ali Pourtash – Yazdi
    Gilbert Montoya – Juan
    Yuri Bradac – Ivanoff
    Mia Kelly – Natalie
    Hoyt Richards – Jerome
    Richard Tanner – Zafar Khan

    Music: Farhad Behroozi Deddy Tzur
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    Plot Outline: When the Iranian National Soccer team comes to America to play the U.S. team, BABAK is their captain…
    Plot: When the Iranian National Soccer team comes to America to play the U.S. team, BABAK is their captain. He is the young, handsome face of the team with the quick moves of a lightweight boxer. Simply stated, he is the star. Babaks older brother MOURAD (once a fine player in his own right – but never having the talent of Babak) is attached to the team as they tour the States – perhaps only to handle his brother. The two are very close, but differ ideologically in that Mourad is much more fundamental. The story begins with the Iranian team playing the U.S. squad in Los Angeles. We learn that Babak had been approached months earlier in Iran about possibly staying in the U.S. to play for the local professional team. Babak receives a one million dollar signing bonus to join the Los Angeles Vipers pro team just prior to the end of their regular season and help their chances in the playoffs. Mourad is incensed by his brothers decision and attempts to explain that Babak is compromising his life on many levels – patriotically, religiously, and most importantly, the abandonment of family. Babak can never go home. Babak meets SORAYA, a beautiful, charming Iranian/American whos an up and coming reporter for a national Cable Sports Channel and the sister of the Vipers owner. The two young people have an immediate attraction. Her brother, DR. SHAFAIAN, is a very powerful figure in the local Iranian community. Although he professes to be a friend to Babak, until the end we are unaware of where Dr. Shafaians loyalties lie. The pressures of a new country, a new soccer team, his brothers cynicism, and the involvement with Soraya all come to a head as the Vipers play the Dallas Panthers for the Championship. Adding to the anxiety is a blackmail plot – threatening to imprison Mourad and the rest of his family should Babak stay, or perhaps be imprisoned himself should he try to return to Iran. This compelling immigrants story is how ones life is impacted by the decisions of life, family, religion, and morality that face every person chasing the American Dream.

    Crazy Credits: We know about 1 Crazy Credits. One of them reads:
    Outtakes during credits.

    Goofs: We know about 1 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Errors in geography: When the young couple arrive in “Sloughborough”, in the north of England, they climb out of the taxi in front of Hammersmith underground station in London.

    Trivia: There are 1 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Was originally intended for Theatrical release but went straight to video instead.


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