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The Great Turin

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The Great Turin (Il Grande Torino, 2005)

Director: Claudio Bonivento
Cast: Ciro Esposito, Katy Louise Saunders, Tosca D'Aquino, Gaetano Amato, Michele Placido


Nearly everyone of one of the greatest soccer teams of all time dies in a horrific plane crash in 1949. It was one of the biggest tragedies in sports history but in the two part event, The Great Turin, hope finds a way through as one boy's dreams are closer to being realized.

In the 1940's, Torino F.C. was such a marvelous team that they earned the nickname Il Grande Torino. They set records that are still unbroken today. Unfortunately, they are mostly remembered for the tragic accident that occurred on May 4th, 1949. Returning from a match in Portugal, the plane carrying the team crashed into the Basilica of Superga near Turin, killing nearly everyone on board.

The Great Turin tells the story of a boy whose dreams of playing soccer for Torino F.C., so much so that he goes against his family’s wishes to follow this dream. It is not until the events that occurred on May 4th that he must step up and fill the shoes of the greats that came before him.

A story of hope and tragedy, The Great Turin reminds us that even in the wake of a disaster, there are always glimmers of hope. One boy’s dreams to play for a great soccer team are finally coming true.


Angelo (Ciro Esposito) moves from Turin to Naples to join the junior team of Grande Torino. His father opposes his decision but Angelo wants to fulfill his dream of playing for the greatest soccer team in Italy, The Great Turin. When nearly the entire Torino F.C. team perishes in a plane crash in 1949, the junior team is sent to play in their place. This is Angelo's debut as a real player. His dreams are finally coming true, but Angelo must now decide if this is really what he wanted to do.


• Among The Great Turin's many records, they hold the world record for most goals scored in one season (125 goals in 1947-48) and most consecutive seasons undefeated at home (4 straight seasons: 1945-46, 1946-47, 1947-48, and 1948-49).

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