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.


Jeff Zimbalist (as Jeffrey Zimbalist), Michael Zimbalist


Jeff Zimbalist (as Jeffrey Zimbalist), Michael Zimbalist





Credited cast:
Kevin de Paula Kevin de Paula ... Pele
Leonardo Lima Carvalho ... Younger Pele
Seu Jorge ... Dondinho
Mariana Nunes ... Celeste Arantes (Pele's Mother)
Milton Gonçalves ... Waldemar de Brito
Seth Michaels ... Mario Zagallo
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Feola
André Mattos ... Santos club's coach
Phil Miler ... Narrator (voice)
Rafael Henriques Rafael Henriques ... Yuri (14 year old)
Felipe Simas Felipe Simas ... Garrincha
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adriano Aragon ... French Announcer (voice)
Mariana Balsa Mariana Balsa ... Lucia
Eric Bell Jr. ... Zoca (voice)
Diego Boneta ... Jose


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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Did You Know?


A.R. Rahman, who scored the music, also did the soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire (2008). See more »


At one time the Commentator talked about a player possibly receiving a red or yellow card during a 1958 World Cup match. The card system was not introduced until the 1970 World Cup. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits include the disclaimer that "The persons and events in this motion picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons or events is unintentional." Which is of course ridiculous considering this is a biopic of Pelé loaded with real events (like the 1958 world cup). See more »


Thiago is Gone
by Linda Lind
Composed by A.R. Rahman
© 2016 Sony Classical
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Marvelous job 8/10
28 July 2020 | by saadanathanSee all my reviews

Pelé: Birth of a Legend is an extraordinary movie, the tale of how Pelé became famous and won with Brazil their first world cup in the 1958 world cup in Sweden. This is probably the most successful movie that focuses on soccer. A true story of a boy with nothing who became the world's greatest soccer player. No famous actors in this film except for Vincent D'Onofrio. But the movie doesn't need famous actors to attract the attention of the viewers, it's beautiful story is what attracted me in the first place. Along with the music composed by A. R. Rahman That follows the emotion and scenes throughout the film. Pelé's legend is worth to be told and has a deep meaning to Brazil's history of soccer and hope of becoming the best. The movie is also a story of restoring honor and hope to a full nation. Only it is sad that today Brazil's soccer team can't be as great as it was back then. So this film brings a lot of nostalgia towards the past and a better hope for the future. I am hoping to see other movies about soccer like this one in the future, maybe a movie about Neymar or Messi.

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Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pele: Birth of a Legend See more »

Filming Locations:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,226, 15 May 2016

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2.35 : 1
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