Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.
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
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In the scene where the Germans discover Hatch's escape, the German guard reporting speaks Hungarian instead of German. Most likely, the actor was a Hungarian extra. He says "jelentem, a létszám 93 fo", which roughly translates as "(I report) 93 persons are present". Also, one of the French Resistance men speaks English (to Hatch) with noticeable Hungarian accent. See more »
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 »
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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