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Searchlight Pics' Delightful Feelgood Comedy, Next Goal Wins, debuts at Digital Retailers Jan. 16


Searchlight Pictures’ Delightful Feelgood Comedy Next Goal Wins
Arrives on Digital January 16 and Blu-ray™ and DVD February 27

BURBANK, CA (January 4, 2024) – From Academy Award® winner Taika Waititi* (Thor: RagnarokJojo RabbitWhat We Do In The Shadows) comes Next Goal Wins, a heartwarming and hilarious tale inspired by the true-life story of soccer underdogs American Samoa and their stumbling attempts to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Described as “big-hearted and feel-good” (Wendy Ide, Screen Daily), “a perfect underdog movie” (Martin Tsai, The Wrap), and “one of the best comedies of the year” (Dayna Eileen, CGM Backlot), the film stars acclaimed actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First ClassThe Killer) as Thomas Rongen, the maverick coach with the near-impossible task of trying to turn one of the world’s worst soccer team into winners. The international ensemble cast also includes Oscar Kightley, Kaimana, David Fane, Rachel House, Beulah Koale, Uli Latukefu, Semu Filipo, Lehi Falepapalangi, with Will Arnett and Elisabeth Moss.

Be the first to watch at home when Next Goal Wins becomes available from all major digital retailers including Prime Video, Apple TV, and Vudu on January 16, and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on February 27, with never-before-seen bonus content including Taika Waititi’s homage to American Samoa, Polynesian culture, and sports movies.

*Best Adapted Screenplay 2020, Jojo Rabbit 

Film Synopsis
Based on a true story, this heartfelt underdog comedy follows the American Samoa soccer team, infamous for their brutal 31-0 FIFA loss in 2001. With the World Cup qualifiers fast approaching, the team hires down-on-his- luck, maverick coach Thomas Rongen (Michael Fassbender), hoping he will turn the world’s worst soccer team into winners.

Bonus Features**
  • Creating The Pitch of Life – Explore filmmaker Taika Waititi’s loving homage to American Samoa, Polynesian culture, and the sports movie in this delightfully entertaining short-form documentary. See what it took to make a winning movie about the losingest soccer team in the world.
Deleted Scene
  • Priest Blessing the Team
**Bonus features vary by product and retailer

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
Uli Latukefu as Nicky Salapu
Chris Alosio as Jonah Semu
Filipo as Rambo
Ioane Goodhue as Smiley
Lehi Falepapalangi as Pisa
Hio Pelesasa as Samson
With Will Arnett as Alex Magnussen
And Elisabeth Moss as Gail

Directed by
Taika Waititi

Written by
Taika Waititi, Iain Morris

Produced by
Jonathan Cavendish p.g.a.
Garrett Basch p.g.a.
Taika Waititi p.g.a.
Mike Brett
Steve Jamison

Music by
Michael Giacchino

Product Specifications
Street Date
Digital: January 16, 2024
Physical: February 27, 2024
Product SKUs
Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD
Physical: Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD
Feature Run Time

Approx. 104 minutes
U.S. Rated PG-13
**For some strong language and crude material

Aspect Ratio
Digital: 2.00:1
Physical: 2.00:1
Disc Size
Blu-ray: 50GB
DVD: 8.5GB

U.S. Audio
Blu-ray: English 5.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio
Digital: English Dolby (UHD only, some platforms), English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) & 2.0, Spanish 5.1 (Dolby Digital) & 2.0, French 5.1 (Dolby Digital) & 2.0, English Descriptive Audio 2.0

U.S. Subtitles
Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French
DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French
Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)

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