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

Genre:  Documentary
Release Date: July 7, 2006
DVD: October 24, 2006

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Cast: Matt Dillon, Steve Ross

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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 soccer team, and its larger-than-life superstar, Pele. 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. But swept up in a careening path of glory, glamour, debauchery and controversy, the Cosmos themselves imploded.

Narrated by Matt Dillon, Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos reveals how the Cosmos rose from total anonymity to become the hottest ticket in town -- taken under the wing of Warner Bros. Chairman Steve Ross, beloved by rock stars and fashionistas -- only to be overwhelmed by a wild world of wealth, groupies, rivalries and power struggles.

Director: Paul Chowder
Studio: Alliance Films

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