Pele: Birth of a Legend

Synopsis: Pele's meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 is chronicled in this biographical drama.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


- Welcome back

to the 1958 World Cup

the greatest sporting event

on Earth.

We are live in Gothenburg,

only moments away from

the start of the final match

of Group 4

Brazil versus the Soviet Union.

- It's so much more

than just a game for Brazil.

And with all their losses

in the last decade

the country's spirit

has been just crushed.

We've even seen some Brazilian

fans committing suicide

by jumping from the upper

tiers of the stadium.

- But let's be honest,

the Soviets are the reigning

Olympic champions

and Brazil, I mean

Brazil should be counting

their blessings

they even qualified

for the World Cup.

- Brazilians are about

to enter a stadium

filled with Europeans

all rooting against them.

They don't stand a chance.

They're young,

they're unorthodox

they got no discipline, and

they're mixed race to boot.

- It's just sad really and now

with all their player injuries

they are forced to play

a 17-year-old reserve.

You almost have

to feel sorry for Brazil.

- Lack of confidence has been a

real problem for the Brazilians

and starting a 17-year-old

is hardly the answer.

In fact, reports

from the locker room say

the teenager was sick

to his stomach

upon learning

he would be starting.

Not exactly the confidence

boost Brazil was hoping for.

- The 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

It's Brazil versus

the Soviet Union,

the World Cup debut for

17-year-old Edson Nascimento

the youngest player to ever

play in the tournament.

And Ullevi Stadium

is absolutely booming

50,000 screaming fans.

Millions more tuning in

from around the world.

In only a few moments, it

will be up to this youngster

and his South American

brothers to keep

their nation's hopes

and dreams alive.

- Today, July 16th, 1950

perhaps the most important day

in our lifetimes

for only in a few hours' time,

11 of Brazil's

graceful warriors will play

right here in Rio de Janeiro

at the newly-built

Maracana Stadium.

Brazil is tied to win

and the whole city has been

shut down to prepare

for celebrations

on a scale never before seen.

- Come on, Dico, let's play!

- Yeah, come on, Dico.

- I'm done shinin' shoes!

- We need a new ball!

- Today's World Cup finals!

We bring you the even

bigger big event

you've all been waiting for!

Welcome, Senhoras e Senhores

to the famous Rubens Arruda

street stadium!

- Today's very important game.

- Keepy uppy.

No, bounce!

- Keepy uppy!

- Over the roof.

- I got this.

- I got it!

Come on!

- Keep away!

- Come on, guys.

- Get out of here.

- Dico!

- Ah, Zoca!

- It was a bad pass

and Dico tripped.

And the sun was in my eyes.

No fair!

- Hmm.

- I finished shining shoes

and was walking Zoca home

when he slipped

and fell in the river.

- But you were playing football!

- You should know better.

You both go change and get back

to shining shoes.

- But, mom,

what about the World Cup?!

- Don't even think about it.

- The score is still tied 1-1!

The crowd in here is now

chanting, "Brazil must win!"

And here comes Brazil now

giving it everything

they've got.

- Go, go, just one, go.

-... Here with a header!

80 minutes in,

the match is still tied 1-1.

Over 200,000 fans now on their

feet, crammed into every seat.

Some eager fans are even

watching from their roof.

And Uruguay's Ruben Moran now

lines up for the quarter kick.

Here it is.

Uruguay shoots!

- Dico, Dico, what's the score?

- Still 1-1.

Final minutes.

- He said still tied 1-1.

- The match is winding down.


- Hey, guys!

What's the score?

- Shh!

- Get lost, Zoca.

- I'll tell ma you were here,

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Jeff Zimbalist

Jeffrey Leib Nettler Zimbalist (born August 15, 1978 in Northampton, Massachusetts) is an Academy Award shortlisted, Emmy and Peabody Award winning American filmmaker best known for his feature films Favela Rising, The Two Escobars, Momentum Generation, Nossa Chape, Youngstown Boys, PELE, Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, and The Scribe of Urabá. Along with his brother Michael, the Zimbalists have collaborated with eminent names in the entertainment industry, such as Quincy Jones, Pelé, Shakira, Jesse Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mick Jagger, Joe Roth, Javier Bardem, Russell Simmons, Irving Azoff, Naomi Campbell, Aishwarya Rai, and Amitabh BachChan, among others. Their films have been broadcast on HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Showtime, MTV, PBS, ESPN, Channel 4 UK, the BBC, Fox, DirecTV, and BET, as well as theatrically distributed worldwide. Their production company is called All Rise Films. more…

All Jeff Zimbalist scripts | Jeff Zimbalist Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Pele: Birth of a Legend" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 9 May 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    Pele: Birth of a Legend

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.