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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.


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

13 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pelé See more »

Filming Locations:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,226, 15 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,312, 22 May 2016
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was initially planned to be released in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup 2014, but it wasn't completed in time. 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 »


Against All Odds
Vocals by Nikita Gandhi, Arpita Gandhi
Composed by A.R. Rahman
© 2016 Sony Classical
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Good for for the entire family
11 June 2016 | by digitalbeachbumSee 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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