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Next Goal Wins

November 17, 2023
1hr 43min
Status: released

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Next Goal Wins Movie Details:

Movie NameNext Goal Wins
Based onNext Goal Wins by Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
Country United States
Language English
GenreSport, Comedy, Drama
Release DateSeptember 10, 2023 (TIFF)
November 17, 2023 (United States)
Running Time1hr 43min
Age ratingPG-13
CastMichael Fassbender
Oscar Kightley
David Fane
Rachel House
Beulah Koale
Taika Waititi
Will Arnett
Elisabeth Moss
Directed by Taika Waititi
Screenplay byTaika Waititi
Iain Morris
Produced byJonathan Cavendish
Garrett Basch
Taika Waititi
Mike Brett
Steve Jamison
Cinematography by Lachlan Milne
Edited by Nicholas Monsour
Music byMichael Giacchino
Production CompanyImaginarium Productions
TSG Entertainment
Defender Films
Garrett Basch Production
Distributor Searchlight Pictures

Next Goal Wins Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Michael Fassbender as Thomas Rongen
  • Oscar Kightley as Tavita
  • Kaimana as Jaiyah Saelua
  • David Fane as Ace
  • Rachel House as Ruth
  • Beulah Koale as Daru Taumua
  • Will Arnett as Alex Magnussen
  • Elisabeth Moss as Gail
  • Uli Latukefu as Nicky Salapu
  • Chris Alosio as Jonah
  • Lehi Makisi Falepapalangi as Pisa
  • Semu Filipo as Rambo
  • Ioane Goodhue as Smiley
  • Rhys Darby as Rhys Marlin
  • Angus Sampson as Angus Bendleton
  • Luke Hemsworth as Keith
  • Kaitlyn Dever as Nicole
  • Hio Pelesasa as Samson
  • David Tu’itupou as Tall David
  • Levy Tuiala as Chief Sila
  • Loretta Ables Sayre as Rambo’s mother
  • Frankie Adams as Frangipani
  • Taika Waititi as an American-Samoan priest


The film is about Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen’s efforts to lead the American Samoa national football team, considered the weakest football team in the world, to qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Next Goal Wins Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget$14 million
Opening Weekend$5 million from 2,240 theaters
Domestic Collection$6.7 million
International Collection$11 million
Worldwide Collection$17.8 million

About Next Goal Wins Movie:

  • The film is based on the 2014 documentary of the same name by Steve Jamison and Mike Brett.
  • Principal photography for the film began in November 2019 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and wrapped by January 2020.
  • In December 2021, it was announced that Hammer was replaced by Will Arnett in reshoots, in part due to abuse allegations made against Hammer in January 2021.
  • Taika Waititi and Elizabeth Moss both worked on a Green Lantern movie, Waititi was in Green Lantern (2011) and Moss voiced a character in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011).
  • Next Goal Wins premiered at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2023, and was released in the United States on November 17, 2023, by Searchlight Pictures.
  • The film was originally set to be released on April 21, 2023, before being postponed to September 22, 2023, and then to its current date.
  • In the United States and Canada, Next Goal Wins was released alongside The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Trolls Band Together, and Thanksgiving, and was projected to gross around $5 million from 2,240 theaters in its opening weekend. It went on to debut at $2.5 million, finishing eighth at the box office.