Director David Anspaugh and screenwriter Angelo Pizzo love the underdog.
They first collaborated on "Hoosiers," the acclaimed 1986 basketball drama teaming Gene Hackman as a coach with a dubious past and Dennis Hopper as a player's alcoholic father who together take a small town high school team to the Indiana state championship.
The creative team of Anspaugh and Pizzo reunited for "Rudy," a 1993 drama starring Sean Astin as student at the University of Notre Dame who refuses to let his small stature deter him from playing for the Fighting Irish.
Their latest production, "The Game of Their Lives," is another inspiring tale of an unlikely team that beats the odds and becomes champion. The film, which opens Friday, chronicles the Cinderella story of the U.S. soccer team that in 1950 scored one of the biggest upsets in sports history when it defeated the heavily favored English team to win the World Cup.