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Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016)

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Pele's meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 is chronicled in this biographical drama.

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Mario Zagallo
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Feola
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Pele's meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 is chronicled in this biographical drama.

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A boy with nothing who changed everything.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some smoking and language | See all certifications »

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13 May 2016 (USA)  »

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$7,226, 15 May 2016, Limited Release

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$27,312, 22 May 2016
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A.R. Rahman, who scored the music, also did the soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire (2008). See more »

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When the Shoeless Ones make a second half comeback, they actually score 6 goals but lose the game 6-5. See more »

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Celeste's Theme
performed by Nikita Gandhi
Composed by A.R. Rahman
© 2016 Sony Classical
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Pelé: Birth of a Legend has the heart to inspire, nothing more is needed to make you watch the film.
2 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Pelé: Birth of a Legend follows the life of Pelé's meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17.

Needless to say this film is same like any other biographical drama that focus on the star's raise from bottom to top made with the intention only to inspire you. The director tries nothing hard to focus anything but a biographical drama.

The story inspires you every bit like any other inspirational film would, From the childhood to winning the 1958 world cup the wish to succeed the struggles, the leap of faith, the support and love from your parents, the difference we have from the others which should be accepted to make it best, the final winning smile. These clinched moments keep you entertained throughout the film and 1 hour 47 minutes is worth spending.

Unlike the usual sports films the film focuses on something that is different from others 'The Heritage', The need to keep us in the space we are comfortable to and the adaptation from others which aren't comfortable of is itself a good small message that can be conveyed.

Background score by A.R Rahman feels a little bit underplayed, scoring music for an Hollywood film ARR has set a benchmark with Slumdog millionaire but the expectation is too high for him to satisfy our greed. One of my favorite themes from the film 'Oh Ginga' comes only at the end of the film and with the way it escalates the theme could have been used in the other parts too.

Concluding it, Not calling is better or worse than any other sport film, Pelé: Birth of a Legend is an yet an another clinched sport film that is made to inspire us and does as promised.


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