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Victory (1981)

PG | | Drama, Sport, War | 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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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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Drama | Sport | War

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31 July 1981 (USA)  »

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Escape to Victory  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,488,808, 31 July 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,853,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,453,418, 31 December 1981
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie is similar in storyline to two earlier European films made around 1962. Firstly, it is similar to the Hungarian black-and-white film Two half-times in Hell (a.k.a. Két félidö a pokolban (1961)). Winner of the Critics' Award at the 1962 Boston Cinema Festival, this movie told of a soccer match between Allied POWs and German soldiers and held on Adolf Hitler's birthday. Victory (1981) is also similar in storyline to the earlier Russian film, Tretiy taym (1963). 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

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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Referenced in Mean Machine (2001) See more »

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Symphony 5, 4th movement
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Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Implausible but enjoyable
7 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I was looking through the action collection at the video store and trying to find something that might interest my husband and myself, a daunting task. When I picked up Victory, I thought 'why not?' as it has Max Von Sydow who we both enjoy. The fact that it had Michael Caine was an added bonus. Besides I wanted to know what kind of film could have those two AND Sylvester Stallone. Somehow I couldn't picture Stallone playing football with the Europeans, at least not doing it well. I was right. Stallone couldn't play, but it didn't matter because that was part of the shtick for the character.

I'll admit that there were a couple of places where the plot was rather predictable and places where I simply thought it was completely unbelievable. However, all in all I would recommend this movie. It's fun and, at times, touching.


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