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Victory (1981)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  30 July 1981 (USA)
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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 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
Kazimierz Deyna ...
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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Escape a la victoria  »

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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 Scotish 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; USA'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 whilst England's Laurie Sivell played the German goalkeeper Schmidt. See more »

Goofs

When the German player (Baumann) takes the penalty kick, his hair is dry in a scene a few seconds prior to the kick, then it's wet with sweat when he places the ball and then it's dry again after he scores. See more »

Quotes

[Eastern European players have been brought from labor camps to play on the team]
Capt. John Colby - The Players: England: They're all great players.
Colonel Waldron - The English: They WERE.
[the camera focuses on the five men, frail and starved, dressed in filthy rags]
Colonel Waldron - The English: [angrily] You are a naive fool, Colby. Insisting on great players? Von Steiner has sent you five skeletons. Guarantees that you'll turn up in Paris for his propaganda victory.
Capt. John Colby - The Players: England: Colonel, I...
Colonel Waldron - The English: The Germans are doing their job very well. London knows. We heard it on the news. It's in all the papers. ...
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Symphony 5, 4th movement
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Motivating Movie
15 July 2003 | by (Melbourne Australia) – See all my reviews

Many people have passed negative comments about this film.If you study it closely, though, you will notice many positive and original scenes.

The football is not exaggerated like many other sporting Movies.

I first saw it when it was released in 1981/82 and thought it was very good. As a War film it is only average, but as a Football spectacle it is very interesting. The fact that the makers used real life footballers, including the great man himself "Pele" is original. We are actually seeing first class football players do their stuff in a controlled Movie enviroment... Heck some of them even try to act!

I think Michael Caine and Sly would have enjoyed making this Movie.

The message from the Movie is that Football is a game which is understood by everyone and will always be played under any circumstances. It is the Universal game and always will be!


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