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

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Once in a Lifetime

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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
Release date
  • July 7, 2006 (2006-07-07)
Running time
97 minutes
Language English

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.



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.

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]

Released soundtrack

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

The in-movie soundtrack includes


  1. Holland, Phil (April 4, 2007). "Once in a Lifetime". Soccernet .