Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos

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Once in a Lifetime
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Promotional poster
Directed by Paul Crowder
John Dower
Produced by John Battsek
Fisher Stevens
Tim Williams
Starring Matt Dillon (narrator)
Giorgio Chinaglia
Jay Emmett
Clive Toye
Gordon Bradley
Ahmet Ertegun
Raphael de la Sierra
Franz Beckenbauer
Carlos Alberto
Peppe Pinton
Distributed by Miramax Films
GreeneStreet Films
ESPN
Release date
  • July 7, 2006 (2006-07-07)
Running time
97 minutes
LanguageEnglish

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos is a 2006 documentary film about the New York Cosmos, one of the most famous soccer clubs in the history of the United States.

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Overview

The movie premiered on July 7, 2006 in the New York City area. Miramax distributed the film only in limited release. The movie combines the narration of veteran actor Matt Dillon with interviews with many of the team's legendary star players (with the notable exception of Pelé) and footage of the team in the North American Soccer League in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Matt Dillon American actor

Matthew Raymond Dillon is an American actor and film director. He made his feature film debut in Over the Edge (1979) and established himself as a teen idol by starring in the films My Bodyguard (1980), Little Darlings (1980), Tex (1982), Rumble Fish (1983), The Outsiders (1983) and The Flamingo Kid (1984). From the late 1980s onward, Dillon achieved further success, starring in Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Singles (1992), The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), To Die For (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), In & Out (1997), There's Something About Mary (1998), and Wild Things (1998). In a 1991 article, famed movie critic Roger Ebert referred to him as the best actor within his age group, along with Sean Penn.

Pelé Brazilian retired footballer

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He is regarded by many in the sport, including football writers, players, and fans, as the greatest player of all time. In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), and was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award. That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful domestic league goal-scorer in football history scoring 650 goals in 694 League matches, and in total 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and is a Guinness World Record. During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best-paid athlete in the world.

The film was released in conjunction with a companion piece book, Once in a Lifetime: The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos ( ISBN   0802142885), written by Gavin Newsham and released in 2006. [1]

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Released soundtrack

The soundtrack released on CD includes many of the songs listed below.

The in-movie soundtrack includes

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Reception

The critics gave the movie a positive review. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

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