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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
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Terry Brady - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: England
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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the playing of the German National Anthem, the assorted German officers stand and salute. S.S. officers in black uniforms (apart from one or two) give the Nazi salute, and Luftwaffe officers in grey give the standard military salute (hand to headgear with palm down). This is correct, so long as the events took place prior to July 1944, when the Nazi salute was imposed across the whole Wehrmacht. See more »

Goofs

During the final football match several of the flags feature a counter clockwise swastika meaning it is not the symbol of National Socialism but the sign of the Buddha. See more »

Quotes

[Hatch has been told he has to return to the prison camp]
Hatch: What am I supposed to do, break back into the camp?
André - The French: No. You get captured.
Hatch: Get captured. All right, suppose I get captured? And then they send me to the wrong prisoner camp. What about that?
André - The French: No, no.
Hatch: Now, what about that?
André - The French: [tsks and shakes his head] The Germans will take you to the same place again to show the other prisoners you are not a success.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Symphony 5, 4th movement
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Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Once again, you can't trust the critics.
3 February 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

John Huston's Victory has probably seen so much critical scorn it's mind boggling. Is this movie Oscar material? Certainly not, but it's a great film in many ways.

First of all, Bill Conti offers up a first rate uplifting musical score. It's outstanding work and you hear a bit of resemblence to the score he wrote for a 1982 film that received a little bit of notoriety -- The Right Stuff.

Next, the cinematography is simply gorgeous. Soccer is not an easy sport to film and I think this film was done wonderfully. I thought the choice of film stock, a certain amount of grain to make it almost like you're watching a documentary was a nice touch. Some of the action shots and slow-mos are absolutely wonderful to behold.

Finally, we have a nice plot with a couple of surprises, a great cast, and an auteur director. Certainly, Huston was in failing health and not at the top of his game by this time but his work on this film was still memorable. For me I will always remember the wonderful line with "The Forger" asking Hatch "You don't want to get shot as a spy do you?" And the quick reply, "No, I don't want to get shot as anything." Simple one liner, uncomplicated, yet funny.

Victory is a great inspirational film, a sure hit for soccer fans (of course he wasn't offside - he was behind the ball when it was struck!) and a nice film for war buffs. Just ignore Maltin et al and spend the time watching it, widescreen DVD recommended, you won't be sorry.


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