Synopsis: A look back at one of the more curious fads in American professional sports, the sudden rise and precipitous fall of the North American Soccer League, spanning its existence 1968-1984, as seen through the experience of its most famous club, the New York Cosmos. The NASL made very little impact in the US, where soccer had virtually no following, until in 1975 the New York Cosmos succeeded in signing the most famous player in the world, Pele. Attendence for Cosmos games exploded, outdrawing even the New York Giants and New York Jets of the NFL, to where exhibition games in Seattle were drawing huge crowds, and when Pele announced his retirement in 1977 his final game drew the biggest crowd to ever see a soccer game in the US. His retirement from the game began a slow but steady decline for the NASL as money issues for the league and the spending practices of the Cosmos became a running controversy.
Director(s): Paul Crowder (co-director), John Dower (co-director)
Production: Miramax
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


(rousing orchestral

fanfare playing)

(fanfare ends)

# Well, the healing has begun #

# I want you to put on

your pretty summer dress, yeah #

# You can wear

your Easter clothes #

# Sunday bonnet

and all the rest #

# But I want to make love

to you, yes, yes, yes, yes #

# Well, the healing

has begun... #

(clapping in time)

# Well, the healing

has begun. #

Fuckin' deadly

you are, mate.

Don't fuckin...

I'm just trying me lace, man,

you know what I mean?

I swear to you, you

fucking go near that,

I'm after

you right straight away.

- So f*ck off. right?

- Hell, I'm just trying my

fuckin' lace and everything.

F*ck's sake.

Look here. Here.

Play us "Aslan" will ya?

All right, mate,

you're fuckin' rapid, you are.

- Thanks.

- (coughs)

# Oh, yeah, la-la #

# Hmm-mm... #

- Hold that will you?

- Yeah.


(breathing heavily)

Anton, fucking hell, man.

- Come on, give me that.

- (gasps)

Give me the case.

What are you fucking at, man?

For f*ck's sake.

- I'm...

- What are you at, man?

I'm sorry, man,

I'm just fucking dying sick,

man, you know what I mean?

Here, I'll go

on and help you.

- Oh, f*ck.

- There's all your money.

I'm just dying

sick and all.

Look, there's 20 cent.

Look it.

Look, don't fucking rob me.

I'm down there trying to fucking

make a living like anyone else.

The two of us is on

the same team, man.

I'm sorry, right,

I'm sorry, man.

But you're right.

You're rapid, you are.

You want money, just fucking,

just ask me for it.

Don't have me chase you all

the way up the street for it.

Want to give us that

fiver then, do ya?

Oh, for f*ck's sake.


How's your ma?

She's dead, man.

Well, how's your old fella?

Fair play to ya, right?

I'll see you later,

all right.

Look, there's two euros, look.

Fair play to ya, right?

See you, good luck, man.

(acoustic guitar playing)

# Scratching

at the surface now #

# And I'm trying hard

to work it out #

# And so much has gone

misunderstood #

# And this mystery

only leads to doubt #

# And I didn't understand #

# When you reached out

to take my hand #

# And if you have

something to say#

# You'd better say it now #

# 'Cause this is

what you've waited for#

# Your chance to even up

the score #

# And as these shadows fall #

# On me now I'll win somehow #

# Yeah #

# 'Cause I'm picking up

a message, Lord #

# That I'm closer

than I've ever been before #

# So if you have something

to say #

# Say it to me now#

# Just say it to me now, now #

# Oh, oh #

# 0h #

# 0h. #

(muffled clapping)


Ten cents

brilliant. Thanks.

Excuse me?


Big Issue?

Can't afford it.

This song you just play,

you write it?

Working on it.

It's not an established song?

No, it's not an

established song.

How come you don't play it

during daytime?

I see you every day.

You know, during the day, people

want to hear songs they know,

just songs that they recognize.

I mean, otherwise,

I wouldn't make any money.

I play these songs at night.

They wouldn't listen.

I listen.

Yeah, but you gave me ten cents.

You do it

for money then?

Why don't you

get a job

in a shop?

I have a job in a shop.

Listen, I'm going to get

back to this, yeah?

Nice to meet you.

Who'd you write that song

for, please?

No one.


Where is she?

She's gone.

She's dead?

No, she's not dead, she's gone.

You love her still?

Jesus, man.


You're over her.


No one who would write

this song is over her.

I'm telling you.

You play this marvelous song

to her, you get her back.

I don't want her back.

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