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PG-13| 1 hr. 37 min.

Plot Summary
This documentary looks back on a time when soccer briefly captured America's attention. The film profiles the North American Soccer League franchise the New York Cosmos and the sensation it created back in the 1970s. Using archival footage, old photos and anecdotes from former players and businessmen, it tells the story -- or several conflicting stories -- of a team starring Brazilian soccer legend Pele, formed by non-sports people and ultimately submarined by the league's excessive expansion.

Cast: Matt Dillon

Directors: Paul Crowder , John Dower

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Miramax Films

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

Release Date: July 7th, 2006|1 hr. 37 min.

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  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    What fun this documentary is. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Once in a Lifetime performs a belated autopsy on the Cosmos and the North American Soccer League and basically concludes that they died of impatience. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    This tale of the team that for a brief period in the 1970s promised to popularize soccer in the U.S. has it all: heroes, villains, sex and, oh yes, some sports as well. show more

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