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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 ...
Mario Zagallo
Narrator (voice)
Rafael Henriques ...
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)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,226, 15 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,312, 22 May 2016
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A.R. Rahman, who scored the music, also did the soundtrack for Slumdog Millionaire (2008). See more »


At the start of the movie we see people in Brazil listening to 1950 world cup game Brazil vs Uruguay. The score is 1-1. They are praying for 1 more goal. This is wrong as they didn't need any more goals. Brazil would have won the World Cup with 1-1 draw as this game was not actually a final but a group stage game and Brazil was 1 point ahead. See more »


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Written By: Alex Torres
Performed By: Alex Torres, Homero Chincha and Leyla Parra and Mauricio Torres
Courtesy of International Media Licensing
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Good for for the entire family
11 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

This PG rated movie is about the greatest futbol (soccer in USA) player that ever lived. Pele. It covers his youth, in the slums, learning to play futbol in the streets using socks and other clothing stuffed together to make a futbol so they could play. Then progresses through hardships encountered on his way to playing for one of the many futbol teams.

What most Americans won't know is that in Brazil (as with all futbol countries) there are massive leagues on multiple levels of the society. They all play against each other or against other Latin American teams for various awards and cups. Pele played for a team called Santos.

From Santos he was picked, like other great players from other teams, to play on the National Team. I don't like that they don't show this process in the movie because it shows the level of competition. We are talking thousands of players rather than a few dozen which they show in the movie.

The movie doesn't show any love interests. This biopic covers only his youth and his journey to play in the 1958 World Cup. Then the movie ends and gives short mentions to the what he did afterwards. Then there is a collection of his game skills shown in a small window as the credits roll.

Overall it was pleasurable to watch and I knew that he would have a small cameo in the movie. Did you see him?

8/10 stars for good clean entertainment

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