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


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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.

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Nesuhi Ertegün ...
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Clive Toye ...
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Shep Messing ...
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Giorgio Chinaglia ...
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Peppe Pinton ...
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Werner Roth ...
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Phil Woosnam ...
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Mario Mariani ...
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Rodney Marsh ...
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Steve Ross ...
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Bobby Smith ...
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Directed by

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

Written by

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John Dower ... (story)
 
Mark Monroe ... (screenplay)
 
Mark Monroe ... (story)

Produced by

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John Battsek ... producer
Vicki Cherkas ... executive producer
Michael Davies ... executive producer
Julie Goldman ... executive producer
Cedric Jeanson ... executive producer
Krysanne Katsoolis ... co-executive producer
Jessica Ludgrove ... co-producer
Agi Orsi ... co-producer
John Penotti ... executive producer
Andrew Ruhemann ... executive producer
Caroline Stevens ... co-executive producer
Fisher Stevens ... producer
Tim Williams ... producer

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Ric Markmann ... co-composer

Cinematography by

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Richard Numeroff

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Paul Crowder

Editorial Department

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Sean Cooney ... post-production executive
Jared Goldman ... post-production coordinator
Benjamin Murray ... on-line editor
Scot Olive ... colorist
Caitrin Rogers ... assistant editor

Production Management

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Iñaki Sagastume ... unit production manager: Barcelona

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Mark Stein ... associate director

Sound Department

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Joseph Adorisio II ... audio layback
Stuart Deutsch ... sound mixer
Steve Hastings ... sound editor
Stevie Haywood ... sound recordist
Matt Israel ... sound recordist
Benny Mouthon ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Jeff Rowe ... sound effects editor

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Brad Cruz ... visual effects: title design

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Josef Nalevansky ... additional photographer
Richard Rutkowski ... director of photography: New York

Music Department

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Paul Crowder ... composer: additional music
Liz Gallacher ... music supervisor
Terry Wilson ... composer: additional music
Shiro Gutzie ... soundtrack producer (uncredited)

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Harrison Barth ... production assistant
Kyle Heslop ... production assistant
Jennifer Piston ... production assistant
Cecy Rangel ... production coordinatior / production coordinator
Geoff Reiss ... development executive / project manager
Connor Schell ... development executive / project manager
Jennifer Strausz ... researcher

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Mark Stein ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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 Goals. Greed. Girls. And that's just the first half... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Fußball vom anderen Stern - Die Geschichte von Cosmos New York (Germany)
  • Once in a Lifetime (Australia)
  • O Mundo aos Seus Pés (Brazil)
  • Ta asteria tis balas - I apistefti istoria tis New York Cosmos (Greece)
  • Однажды в жизни (Russia)
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  • 97 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Pelé declined to participate in the documentary when the producers balked at his $100,000 fee. See more »
Soundtracks President Chimp Toe See more »
Crazy Credits At the end of the credits, a pair of "super fans" re-enact the Cosmos cheer. See more »

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