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  • Summary: It was 1977 and one of New York’s most tumultuous and decadent summers. Then, in the midst of blackouts, riots, the Son of Sam serial killer scare and the dawn of Studio 54, came an entirely unexpected moment of inspiration: the rise of the New York Cosmos, America’s first great soccerIt was 1977 and one of New York’s most tumultuous and decadent summers. Then, in the midst of blackouts, riots, the Son of Sam serial killer scare and the dawn of Studio 54, came an entirely unexpected moment of inspiration: the rise of the New York Cosmos, America’s first great soccer team, and its larger-than-life superstar, Pelé. Suddenly embraced by a city obsessed with celebrity and flamboyance, the Cosmos kicked off America’s first passionate love affair with the world’s most popular sport & found themselves swept up in a careening path of glory, glamour, debauchery and controversy. (Miramax Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
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  1. It's a stylish scramble of evocative footage, groovy music, and crazy-candid reminiscences from key players still proud to score.
  2. 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.
  3. 75
    Crowder and Dower's film is a refreshing reminder that without Ross and the Erteguns, pundits would have had to coin an entirely different term to describe "soccer moms," since without the Cosmos' brief and shining moment in the sun, suburban soccer leagues would be as rare as collegiate boccie tournaments.
  4. 70
    An exuberant look at a heady moment in America's soccer past that is well worth remembering.
  5. Informative and entertaining.
  6. 67
    Once in a Lifetime's only major failing is the fact that the iconic Pelé is seen only in period footage.
  7. Despite the title, this is less a soccer documentary than a corporate hagiography along the lines of "The Last Mogul" or "The Kid Stays in the Picture"; its real hero isn't Cosmos star Pele (who wisely declined to be interviewed), but Steve Ross, CEO of Warner Communications, which owned the team.

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  1. James
    Aug 31, 2006
    9
    Tells the story with humour and verve, and it
  2. RobertF.
    Jul 21, 2006
    8
    Both entertaining and informative. You'll learn a lot about the birth of mainstream interest in soccer in America.