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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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Credited cast:
Kevin de Paula ...
Waldemar de Brito
Mario Zagallo
Santos club's coach
Narrator (voice)
Rafael Henriques ...
Yuri (14 year old)
Felipe Simas ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
French Announcer (voice)
Mariana Balsa ...
Zoca (voice)


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.


Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pelé  »

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Opening Weekend:

$7,226 (USA) (13 May 2016)


$27,312 (USA) (20 May 2016)

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Did You Know?


The film was initially planned to be released in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup 2014, but it wasn't completed in time. See more »


In the film, Pelè's mother is a servant in Josè Altafini "Mazzola's" home. In real life, both Pelè and Altafini were from modest families. They also lived in different towns. See more »


Celeste's Theme
performed by Nikita Gandhi
Composed by A.R. Rahman
© 2016 Sony Classical
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If only every film could have the star in the audience!
28 April 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I was invited to the world premier of this film at the TriBeCa Film Festival, in New York. I say invited, as if my life is some sort of glamorous affair. In reality, a mate at work couldn't make it, and he knew I'd have no actual plans, so I eagerly obliged.

Just before the movie started, the 350 or so people in the audience got what they wanted, as the man himself stood up and raised his hand to the instagram happy crowd. Just knowing Pele was in the audience gave the room a little extra energy.

Perhaps a little naive, I knew a little about Pele's playing career but little of the man and, the journey to what he became. The film follows his early years with friends at home, up until he becomes 17 and plays for Brazil in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. There's enough humour, big laughs, drama, and passion in the film that will translate to fans familiar with the legend and those who may have only heard of him.

The real treat, were the applause, and cheering from the audience when the on-screen Pele scored. His hand went up in recognition and the cheers got louder. I was pleased that despite the film keeping my attention he may have nodded off, he's knocking on a bit.

I waited outside afterward and managed to get a signed Santos shirt from him, which kinda gave me goose pimples, and rammed home the magnitude of who this man was, and what he had done for the game. My dad would have been proud. Sadly the shirt is the guys from work, so I'm currently deciding whether to buy a replica shirt and say I didn't get it, or beginning to practice the man's signature! That's okay, isn't it...

I did snap a selfie. Insta - Jamesbydesign

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