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- Game highlights:
- -1980 Soccer Bowl: Cosmos vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers
- -1981 Soccer Bowl: Cosmos vs. Chicago Sting
- -Pele's farewell game
- Deleted scene
- Stories of Pele: SportsCentury Interviews
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Once in a Lifetime does an entertaining job of showing how the clash of egos brought about the demise of the Cosmos and the animosity that still exists between certain key figures. It also shows how the hedonism of the day also contributed to the team's downfall. As attendance soared (they even sold out Giants Stadium - something that is unthinkable today), the players were treated like rock stars with their own table at the exclusive nightclub Studio 54 and indulged in all of the usual excesses - sex, drugs and alcohol. This documentary does for American soccer what 24 Hour Party People did for the Manchester England music scene - it captures the energy and excitement of a specific period of time with a cheeky sense of humour and with the help of a great soundtrack of classic `70s songs that properly establishes the tone of the decade.
"Stories of Pele" features additional interviews with contemporaries of the legendary player - those who played with and against him - recounting stories of his amazing prowess and passion for the game.
In a fantastic touch, there are highlights from several classic games in the Cosmos' career, including the 1980 and 1981 Soccer Bowl games.Read more ›
Having grown up in the seventies, I find it fascinating that, although I knew P'ele' as the international star, my memory faltered about his acquisition to an American franchise. The very fact that stadiums were filled for a few moments of glory is also a distant memory.
The interviews by the movers and shakers, the players and sports announcers, make 'Once in a Lifetime' an enjoyable viewing experience. If you take the Pe'le' and other soccer highlights, you can see why viewing this movie is worth your time and money on the big TV screen or in the theatre. The take everyone has about the past sometimes contradicts key players, but it isn't hard to sort out. The editing, again, makes the whole presentation worthwhile with fascinating detail. (Including interviews by Marv Albert, Mia Hamm, and Jim McKay.)
Some of the first soccer footage you see in "Once in a Lifetime" is set to opera music - which is fitting for a documentary that unfolds like an opera. After a brief history of American soccer, the emperor arrives on the scene. Entertainment mogul Steve Ross' millions help to raise the NASL's profile from obscurity to unprecedented heights, but he seemingly only cares about victory for his own club rather than the viability of the league. The wooing of Pelé follows. He sweeps into New York like a god to sign a huge contract and sparks national interest in soccer by demonstrating his breathtaking skills on the soccer field.
Not long after, we meet the sympathetic villain of the piece, Italian striker Giorgio Chinaglia, without whom the Cosmos would not have enjoyed their success. His bigger-than-life personality, however, brings him into some conflict with Pelé. Then, after the final curtain call comes for the great Brazilian, Chinaglia begins to assert himself within the organization, and his close relationship to Ross appears to lead to his running the team from the locker room.
At the height of the Cosmos' glory days, free-flowing money, superstar players, hedonism, Hollywood glitz and NASL championships were the norm.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yes, soccer was huge in NY for a few years. Hasn't been the same since.
70,000 people watching soccer in the US would take 10 games now.
Very good documentary! Delivered on time and as expected!Published 14 months ago by Richard Kyle Selby
As a soccer fan having grown up with the New York Cosmos and the rest of the NASL, it was an excellent documentary.Published 14 months ago by T, A.W
One of the best sports documentaries I've ever seen. This documentary on probably one of the most famous football (soccer) clubs ever assembled shows the glory of what it was... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Xavier G. Campos
informative film of the greatest dream team in sports set against the backdrop of NYC from the late 60's thru the mid 80's. Read morePublished 23 months ago by 500MPL
Great movie. There are a lot of interesting facts that I did not know. Highly recommend for any soccer fan.Published on April 20, 2014 by Aaron
We had watched this before and bought it for a relative who was a trainer with the Cosmos. This documentary goes into the personalities, finances, and the heady times of great... Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by J. Chanin
A documentary for any Cosmos fan. Very well done and glad that I found this film. Soccer fans will enjoy this film while having a blast from the past.Published on December 21, 2013 by michelle davie
I am too young to have watched any of the NY Cosmos games. But I sure did enjoy this!
During the Cosmos time; soccer was more popular in NY then the NFL.
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