MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,009 this week

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,178 users   Metascore: 67/100
Reviews: 13 user | 41 critic | 18 from Metacritic.com

The rise and fall of the N.Y. Cosmos. The soccer team that brought Pele to America; against the backdrop of N.Y. City in the 70's.

Directors:

,

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 43 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
list image
a list of 32 titles
created 06 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 06 Aug 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Before the Premier League and multi-million pound salaries, in England 'football' was a dirty word. The game was in disgrace, the fans, hooligans, the nation, it seemed, were all played out... See full summary »

Director: James Erskine
Stars: Gary Oldman, Rebecca Marie Burnett, Paul Gascoigne
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Football match Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005, from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.

Directors: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno
Stars: David Beckham, Zinédine Zidane
The Referee (2010)
Documentary | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Swedish soccer referee Martin Hansson had a successful journey towards his big dream in life, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Then one dark night in Paris on November 18th, 2009, all hell broke loose.

Director: Mattias Löw
Stars: Sepp Blatter, Birgit Hansson, Martin Hansson
Kicking It (2008)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The lives of homeless people are changed forever through an international soccer competition. This film follows six players as they set off for Cape Town, South Africa to play in the Homeless World Cup.

Directors: Susan Koch, Jeff Werner
Stars: Colin Farrell, Brandon Francis
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary Roosevelt Roughriders, a girls' high-school basketball team in Seattle, and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play.

Director: Ward Serrill
Stars: Darnellia Russell, Bill Resler, Ludacris
Documentary | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 2007 Queens Park Rangers, a small Football Club of West London, were bottom of England's Second League and 2 hours from bankruptcy. Just as the club faced liquidation, they were bought ... See full summary »

Director: Mat Hodgson
Stars: Alejandro Agag, Gareth Ainsworth, Amit Bhatia
Documentary | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two top baseball prospects in the Dominican Republic face fierce competition and corruption as they chase their big league dreams.

Directors: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jean Carlos Batista, Miguel Angel Sano, John Leguizamo
Pelada (2010)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Away from the bright lights and manicured fields, there's another side of soccer. Two players, twenty-five countries, one game.

Directors: Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, and 2 more credits »
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A character-based feature documentary that portrays the transcendent power of soccer in modern Africa - a game that is helping to change the lives of individuals and communities across the ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Buhler
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Five story strands -- some real, some fictionalized -- comprise this officially sanctioned film of Real Madrid, the second richest soccer club in the world.

Directors: Borja Manso, Eloy Gonzalez, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Javier Albalá, David Beckham, Jessica Bohl
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Revealing the surprising life story of one of the world's most influential minds, this unprecedented film weaves together Ayn Rand's own recollections and reflections, providing a new understanding of her inspirations and influences.

Directors: Robert Anderson, John Little
Stars: Phil Donahue, Ayn Rand, Mike Wallace
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

This is a spectacular, exciting and emotional portrayal of Ferenc Puskas, the kid from Kispest who became the brightest star in the footballing galaxy.

Director: Tamás Almási
Stars: József Gyabronka, Franz Beckenbauer, György Bodnár
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
Nesuhi Ertegün ...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Narrator (voice)
Clive Toye ...
Himself
Shep Messing ...
Himself
Giorgio Chinaglia ...
Himself
Peppe Pinton ...
Himself
Werner Roth ...
Himself
Jay Emmett ...
Himself
Phil Woosnam ...
Himself
Raphael de la Sierra ...
Himself
Carlos Alberto ...
Himself
Franz Beckenbauer ...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marv Albert ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

A look back at one of the more curious fads in American professional sports, the sudden rise and precipitous fall of the North American Soccer League, spanning its existence 1968-1984, as seen through the experience of its most famous club, the New York Cosmos. The NASL made very little impact in the US, where soccer had virtually no following, until in 1975 the New York Cosmos succeeded in signing the most famous player in the world, Pele. Attendence for Cosmos games exploded, outdrawing even the New York Giants and New York Jets of the NFL, to where exhibition games in Seattle were drawing huge crowds, and when Pele announced his retirement in 1977 his final game drew the biggest crowd to ever see a soccer game in the US. His retirement from the game began a slow but steady decline for the NASL as money issues for the league and the spending practices of the Cosmos became a running controversy. Written by Michael Daly

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The untold story of the team that had America at its feet. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some nudity | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

7 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Mundo aos Seus Pés  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,805 (USA) (7 July 2006)

Gross:

$144,431 (USA) (1 September 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Pelé declined to participate in the documentary when the producers balked at his $100,000 fee. See more »

Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, a pair of "super fans" re-enact the Cosmos cheer. See more »

Soundtracks

President Chimp Toe
Written by Steve Cobby and David McSherry
Performed by Fila Brazillia
Courtesy of Twentythree Records Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not About The Talking Heads. (But contain a lot of them ha ha)
7 November 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

Hey Kids! Remember the NASL? I TOTALLY do. The Calgary Boomers were my town team, my Dad had season tickets, and I was insanely jealous that I didn't catch one of those nifty looking NASL balls they kicked into the stands :( 'Once In A Lifetime' is a great documentary about the rise and falls of THE premier teams (besides Calgary of course) of the league. I remember bits and pieces, like for example, Pele being in it of course, but that's about it. This film gives a GREAT overview of what went right (eg Money) in the organization and what went wrong (eg Money). It also goes to show you the classic example of throwing so much money at a team to form a dream team and getting nothing (something New York does often).

A GREAT history full of fun facts for the Soccer aficionado. I'm gonna get the DVD for my Dad this Christmas!


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What? No Pele? nerchist
what no messages yet? ahhpisa
where can I see it??! dylangillett
When is the DVD coming out? kenbarr-ny
Cosmos theme zep4
I was just a kid... tashayar

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?