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Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016)

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Pelé. A name known around the world, a sports legend who changed soccer forever, and a national hero who carried the hopes and dreams of a country on his back. But before he was an icon, he was a kid from the slums of São Paulo, Brazil, so poor that he couldn't afford a real soccer ball. Charting his meteoric rise-from scrubbing floors to support his family to honing his electrifying playing style on the streets to leading Brazil's national team to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17-Pelé vividly brings to life the greatest sports story of the 20th century. With Vincent D'Onofrio and Brazilian musical star Seu Jorge.

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Cast

Seu Jorge
as Dondinho
Colm Meaney
as Coach George Raynor
Rodrigo Santoro
as Brazilian Announcer
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Coach Vicente Feola
Leonardo Lima Carvalho
as Dico (9 years old)
Kevin de Paula
as Dico (15-17 years old)
Nathan Alves Rosseto
as Thiago (9 Years Old)
Julio Levy
as Bodega Owner
Theo Rodrigues Coelho Lima
as Zoca (6 Years Old)
Jovana
as Maria (Toddler)
Raphael Benicio Thome
as Jose Altofini "Mazzola" (14 Years Old)
Daniel DeAraujo
as Jose's Friend #1 (14 Years Old)
Antonio Karabachian
as Jose's Friend #2 (14 Years Old)
Bruce Gomlevski
as Bauru Youth Cup Announcer
Lui Mendes
as Railroad Foreman
Milton Gonçalves
as Waldemar De Brito
Tarciso Rossi
as Bauru Youth Cup Photographer
Carey Strella
as Maria (4-6 Years Old)
Gabriel Vinicius Reis-DeOliveira
as Zoca (11-13 Years Old)
Gabriel Vinicius Reis DeOliveira
as Zoca (11-13 Years Old)
André Mattos
as Santos FC Coach
Alvaro Diniz
as Santos FC Assistant Coach
Jorge Xavier
as Moving Man
Icaro Amado
as Yuri (15-17 Years Old)
Felipe Simas
as Garrincha
Arthur Macedo
as Castilho
Duda Monteiro DosSantos
as Brazilian Reporter #1
Garcia Junior
as Feola's Assistant Coach
Gustavo Mascarenhas Ribas
as Fofinho (17 Years Old)
Sergio Menezes
as Mario Americo
Charles Myara
as Doctor Gosling
Raffaele Casuccio
as Skoglund (Swedish Player)
Alex Bilbao
as European Reporter #1
Fabiano Bandeira
as Djalma Santos
Thiago Rocha
as Swedish Midfielder Sigge Parling
Cinara Leal
as Thiago's Mother
Agusto Madeira
as Brazilian Reporter #2
Emmanuel Pasqualini
as European Reporter #5
Jon Coterill
as British Announcer #1
Arthur Murphy
as British Announcer #2
Jerome Franz
as French Announcer
Ricardo Accola
as Italian Announcer
Roger Haag
as German Announcer
Arthur Jansen
as Dutch Announcer
Lin Mo Shi
as China Announcer
Ivan Orlic
as Spanish Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Pelé: Birth of a Legend

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

This cable-ready biopic of the Brazilian soccer star covers the eight years leading up to his triumphant performance at the 1958 World Cup finals.

June 2, 2016 | Full Review…

"Pelé" is hagiography. But appealing hagiography.

May 26, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The story of Brazilian soccer's ascension to the world stage is a remarkable one, and the film would have benefitted if the Zimbalists had found a way to add a bit of depth - or even doubt - to the legend.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The rags to riches story of the first 17 years in the life of soccer superstar Pelé are covered in this painfully routine biopic.

May 19, 2016 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

It's as if Pelé is no longer a flesh-and-blood character, but a cog in an inspiration machine that pumps out manufactured conflict and expected victory.

May 18, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Between the whitewashing factors and the very familiar narrative beats, there's a lot of this movie that's not much more than a tolerable drag.

May 13, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pelé: Birth of a Legend

There is no doubt that Pele helped shape world football as we know it into the beautiful game and hoist Brazil on to the world stage of footballing greatness. This film covers all that and whilst it only covers Brazil's first world cup win you cannot deny the talent that Pele have. Great to watch at times, even if formulaic and not entirely accurate.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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