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

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Once in a Lifetime
Promotional poster
Directed byPaul Crowder
John Dower
Produced byJohn Battsek
Fisher Stevens
Tim Williams
StarringMatt Dillon (narrator)
Giorgio Chinaglia
Jay Emmett
Clive Toye
Gordon Bradley
Ahmet Ertegun
Raphael de la Sierra
Franz Beckenbauer
Carlos Alberto
Peppe Pinton
Distributed byMiramax Films
GreeneStreet Films
Release dates
  • May 19, 2006 (2006-05-19) (United Kingdom)
  • July 7, 2006 (2006-07-07) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos is a 2006 documentary film about the New York Cosmos, one of the most famous soccer clubs in the history of the United States.


The movie premiered on July 7, 2006, in New York City. Miramax distributed the film only in limited release. The movie combines the narration of veteran actor Matt Dillon with interviews with many of the team's legendary star players (with the notable exception of Pelé, who demanded a $100,000 fee and refused to participate when the producers declined to pay it)[1] and footage of the team in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the 1970s and early 1980s.

The film was released in conjunction with a companion piece book, Once in a Lifetime: The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos (ISBN 0802142885), written by Gavin Newsham and released in 2006.[2]


Critics gave the movie a positive review.[1][3][4][5][6]

Original soundtrack album[edit]

Once in a Lifetime Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedFebruary 9, 2007[7]
LabelSuperb Records

Superb Records released the original soundtrack album the year after the film was released. The soundtrack includes hits from the Motown and Funk genres.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Nothing But Soul - Junior Walker and the All Stars
  2. Who Is He And What Is He To You? - Creative Source
  3. Woman Of The Ghetto - Marlena Shaw
  4. Strange Games & Things - The Love Unlimited Orchestra
  5. Summer Madness - Kool & The Gang
  6. I Believe In Miracles - Jackson Sisters
  7. He's My Man - The Supremes
  8. Machine Gun - Commodores
  9. Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back) - Maceo and The Macks
  10. I Feel Love - Donna Summer
  11. Disco MF - The Penfifteen Club
  12. U Gotta Fight! - KansasCali

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hirshey, David. "Pelé: When Soccer Ruled the USA". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Holland, Phil (April 4, 2007). "Once in a Lifetime". Soccernet.
  3. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (7 July 2006). "Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos - Review - Movies". The New York Times – via NYTimes.com.
  4. ^ Tobias, Scott (5 July 2006). "Once In A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story Of The New York Cosmos". Film.
  5. ^ Williams, Bob (6 December 2016). "Twice in a Lifetime: New York Cosmos on brink of folding for the second time". The Telegraph – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  6. ^ "Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)". PopMatters. 7 July 2006.
  7. ^ "Once in a Lifetime Original Soundtrack". Amazon. Retrieved September 30, 2020.

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