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Victory (1981)

PG | | Action, Drama, Sport | 31 July 1981 (USA)
As allied POWs prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Capt. John Colby - The Players: England
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Cpl. Luis Fernandez - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: Brazil
Bobby Moore ...
Terry Brady - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: England
Osvaldo Ardiles ...
Carlos Rey - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: Argentina
Paul Van Himst ...
Michel Fileu - The Players: Belgium
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Paul Wolchek - The Players: Poland
Hallvar Thoresen ...
Gunnar Hilsson - The Players: Norway
Mike Summerbee ...
Sid Harmor - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: England
Co Prins ...
Pieter Van Beck - The Players: Holland
Russell Osman ...
Doug Clure - The Players: England
John Wark ...
Arthur Hayes - The Players: Scotland
Søren Lindsted ...
Erik Ball - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: Denmark (as Soren Linsted)
Kevin O'Callaghan ...
Tony Lewis - Allied Goalkeeper - The Players: Ireland (as Kevin O'Calloghan)
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Major Karl Von Steiner - The Germans (as Max Von Sydow)
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Storyline

In World War II, a group of Nazi officers come up with a propaganda event in which an all star Nazi team will play a team composed of Allied Prisoners of War in a Soccer (Football) game. The Prisoners agree, planning on using the game as a means of escape from the camp. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Their goal was freedom... See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport | War

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31 July 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape to Victory  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie featured on screen eighteen international soccer stars of the time appearing in both acting and sports action stunt roles. International Soccer Stars of the time who have key roles in this movie playing the soccer players included Brazilian Pelé as Allied Trinidadian Corporal Luis Fernandez; England's Bobby Moore as the Allies' English Terry Brady; Argentina's Osvaldo Ardiles as Allied Argentine Carlos Rey; Scotland's John Wark as Scottish Arthur Hayes; Ireland's Kevin O'Callaghan as the Allied Irish goalkeeper Tony Lewis; Poland's Kazimierz Deyna as Polish player Paul Wolchek; Norway's Hallvar Thoresen as Norwegian player Gunnar Hilsson; Belgium's Paul Van Himst as Belgian Michel Fileu; Denmark's Søren Lindsted as Danish Allie Erik Ball; U.S.'s Werner Roth as German Team Captain Baumann; England's Mike Summerbee as Allied Soccer Player Sid Harmor; England's Russell Osman as Doug Clure; Holland's Co Prins as Dutch Pieter Van Beck, while England's Laurie Sivell played the German goalkeeper Schmidt. See more »

Goofs

The microphone used by the radio announcer at the soccer match is an RCA model 77B, a model not introduced until the late-1940s. See more »

Quotes

Lang - The Germans: We will win?
Major Karl Von Steiner - The Germans: We should. We are very strong, but... players can get injured. The referee can make mistakes.
Lang - The Germans: [knowingly] Oh, this referee is very good. He will make no mistakes.
Major Karl Von Steiner - The Germans: We can't do that. I have given my word.
Lang - The Germans: Karl, we cannot afford to take a chance. We must win.
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Connections

Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony 5, 4th movement
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Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Great movie
27 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This a great movie for any football fan. A great set of stars from the 70's, Pele and Stallone as a funny goalkeeper. This is one of my favorite soccer movies. The storyline is not the best, but it is catchy. Now the way the stadium was set up, the noise, it feel really real. I would love to see a similar movie remade. Maybe a victory 2 with todays's stars. Some people do not like the idea of sly as a football player, I disagree, I think he playing the "football-ignorant"american is good. Now I also think that the way the soccer players acted was very realistic. In special Pele was good. I know many friends in many countries outside the USA who just love this film.


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