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Release Date: May 13th, 2016

DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2016

PG|1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary
Under guidance from manager Vicente Feola (Vincent D'Onofrio), young Pelé (Kevin de Paula) utilizes his street soccer skills to lead Brazil to the World Cup in 1958.

Cast: Kevin de Paula, Vincent D'Onofrio, Seu Jorge, Leonardo Lima Carvalho, Rodrigo Santoro, Colm Meaney, Mariana Nunes, Diego Boneta

Director: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

Genres: Historical drama, Biography

Production Co: Imagine Entertainment, Seine Pictures

Distributors: IFC Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A well-meaning and sometimes interesting effort written and directed by brothers Jeff and Michael Zimbalist. show more

  • Inspiration, old-fashioned style, is the main course being served in Pelé: Birth of a Legend. In essence commissioned by the soccer icon, who is credited as one of the picture’s executive producers, “Pelé” is hagiography. But appealing hagiography. show more

  • Who knows what Pelé: Birth of a Legend could have been had it tapped more into that mysterious life force and the true messiness in harnessing it and making it glorious. Instead we get what the man himself was canny enough to ignore: a familiar game plan tediously followed. show more

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