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

PG-13 | | Documentary, Sport | 7 July 2006 (USA)
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:

Paul Crowder (co-director), John Dower (co-director)

Writers:

John Dower (story), Mark Monroe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

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

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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 »
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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fußball vom anderen Stern - Die Geschichte von Cosmos New York See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,805, 9 July 2006

Gross USA:

$144,431, 3 September 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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
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Not About The Talking Heads. (But contain a lot of them ha ha)
7 November 2006 | by SpuzzlightyearSee 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!


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