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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.

Directors:

Jeff Zimbalist (as Jeffrey Zimbalist), Michael Zimbalist

Writers:

Jeff Zimbalist (as Jeffrey Zimbalist), Michael Zimbalist

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Cast

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
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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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Taglines:

A boy with nothing who changed everything.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pelé See more »

Filming Locations:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,226, 15 May 2016

Gross USA:

$57,046

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,846,608
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Seu Jorge played Pelé dos Santos in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). See more »

Goofs

The film shows the Brazilian public on many occasions watching the live World Cup matches, This wasn't possible as Satellite broadcasting had not yet been introduced, and they could only have seen recordings of the games days later. 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 »

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Futebol das ruas
Written By: Pepe Torres
Performed By: Hugo Bravo, Leyla Parra, Homero Chincha, Mauricio Torres and Pepe Torres
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Turning a legend into a saint
24 May 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Pele is one of the most spiritual sports movies I've ever seen and is more heart than anything else.

It's more about the pride of Brazil and Edson Arantes do Nascimento being a beautiful symbol of it.

Pele is a poor kid form a poor part of Brazil who was good enough to use football to start building a better life by being a part of the 1958 Olympic team. More to the story, is that from the place he is from , his father taught him the ginga, for the purpose of the movie, the ginga is a celebration of Brazil's African heritage focus through football, a system that most of Brazil feels lost them the last two Olympic games, but Pele realized they were not doing it right and shows them the path that leads to the gold and Brazilian pride.

The acting itself did not bring on this spirit, but I did like the acting. From the trailer, I was not sure if Vincent D'Onofrio could pull off the role as the team's coach, but indeed he does a find job. It's one of the few sports movies in which the coach's inspiration is a very small part of the movie, but D'Onofrio does well with the little he's got.

The spirit comes more in the film making itself , as they use small special effects like slow motion to make Pele look divine every time he gets the ball, inter cut with scenes of people watching in total ah of what he can do. At first it seems cheesy when they first start doing it, but after a while it gets into a rhythm that gets you into it, and you can't help but to let it touch your soul.

I don't think it's better or worse than any other sports movie. What makes it unique is that they're are very few of these about Soccer (and so many about American Football), but it does the trick of inspiring you and having you cheer for the underdog, though I feel I did not really learn much about Pele in the process.


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