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Director:
Writers:
Yabo Yablonsky (story) and
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Release Date:
30 July 1981 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Their goal was freedom... See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Football + War = Masterpiece! See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Sylvester Stallone ... Captain Robert Hatch - The Players: U.S.A.

Michael Caine ... Capt. John Colby - The Players: England

Pelé ... 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)

Max von Sydow ... Major Karl Von Steiner - The Germans (as Max Von Sydow)
Gary Waldhorn ... Mueller, Coach - The Germans
George Mikell ... Kommandant - The Germans
Laurie Sivell ... Schmidt - Goalie - The Germans
Arthur Brauss ... Lutz - The Germans
Robin Turner ... Player - The Germans
Michael Wolf ... Lang - The Germans
Jürgen Andersen ... Propaganda Civilian - The Germans (as Jurgen Andersen)
David Shawyer ... Strauss - The Germans
Werner Roth ... Baumann, Team Captain - The Germans

Amidou ... Andre - The French
Benoît Ferreux ... Jean Paul - The French (as Benoit Ferreux)
Jean-François Stévenin ... Claude - The French (as Jean Francois Stevenin)
Jack Lenoir ... Georges - The French
Zoltán Gera ... Viktor - The French (as Folton Gera)

Carole Laure ... Renee - The French

Tim Pigott-Smith ... Rose - The English
Julian Curry ... Shurlock - The English
Clive Merrison ... The Forger - The English

Maurice Roëves ... Pyrie - The English

Michael Cochrane ... Farrell - The English
Jack Kendrick ... Williams - The English
Daniel Massey ... Colonel Waldron - The English
Anton Diffring ... German - Chief Commentator - The Commentators
Gunter Wolbert ... German - The Commentators
Eolo Capacci ... Italian - The Commentators (as Capacci Eolo)
Michel Dhrey ... French - The Commentators
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laszlo Klima ... Fan in Front Row (uncredited)
Ákos Moskovits ... Renée's Son (uncredited)
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Directed by
John Huston 
 
Writing credits
Yabo Yablonsky (story) and
Djordje Milicevic (story) &
Jeff Maguire (story)

Evan Jones (screenplay) and
Yabo Yablonsky (screenplay)

Produced by
Annie Fargue .... associate producer
Freddie Fields .... producer
Mario Kassar .... a co-production of The Victory Company and Tom Stern in association with Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar
Gordon McLendon .... executive producer
Tom Stern .... a co-production of The Victory Company and Tom Stern in association with Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar
Andrew G. Vajna .... a co-production of The Victory Company and Tom Stern in association with Andy Vajna and Mario Kassar (as Andy Vajna)
 
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
 
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roberto Silvi 
 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington 
 
Set Decoration by
Sydney Ann Smith-Kee  (as Sydney Ann Kee)
 
Makeup Department
Tony Lloyd .... makeup artist
Michael Westmore .... makeup artist (as Mike Westmore)
Allan A. Apone .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Tom Shaw .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elie Cohn .... first assistant director
Robert Riger .... second unit director
Peter Knób .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Timea Veress .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Winkler .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Shaw Jr. .... property master
Lajos E. Szabó .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Colin Charles .... sound mixer
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady .... assistant sound editor (as Barbara Ann Gandolfo)
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer
Leslie Hodgson .... supervising sound editor
Stephen Katz .... sound consultant
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Bonnie Koehler .... sound editor
Don MacDougall .... re-recording mixer
Anthony Palk .... sound editor
Gary Weir .... boom operator
Giorgio De Vincenzo .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Candy Flanagin .... special effects (as Candy Flanagan)
Péter Pásztorfi .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Menyhért René Balog-Dutombé .... stunt double (uncredited)
Menyhért René Balog-Dutombé .... stunts (uncredited)
Sándor Boros .... stunts (uncredited)
Zoltán Gulyás Kiss .... stunts (uncredited)
Péter Katona .... safety man (uncredited)
Gábor Piroch .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dawn Aberg .... assistant: second unit
Derek Burtonshaw .... camera assistant: second unit
Ron Collins .... operator: second unit
Mike Davies .... operator: second unit
Egon Endrényi .... still photography
Cary Fisher .... camera assistant
Bernard Ford .... camera operator
Tony Garrett .... camera assistant: second unit
Harvey Harrison .... operator: second unit
Harry Hart .... operator: second unit
Dennis Hill .... slow motion engineer: second unit
David Lenham .... camera assistant: second unit
Jimmy Mullins .... grip: second unit
Ray Norris .... camera assistant: second unit
Peter Oblath .... first assistant: second unit
Mike Rutter .... camera assistant (as Michael Rutter)
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
Sergio Strizzi .... still photography
Eric Van Haren Noman .... second unit cameraman
Jimmy Waters .... key grip
Kenneth J. Withers .... operator: second unit (as Ken Withers)
Ken Worringham .... camera assistant: second unit (as Ken Warringham)
Madelyn Most .... assistant camera (uncredited)
András Váradi .... camera loader (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Rose Tobias Shaw .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tom Bronson .... costumes
Uta Freiwald .... costume design assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Cesare D'Amico .... assistant editor
Barry Mark Gordon .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bodie Chandler .... music supervisor
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Peter T. Myers .... orchestration (as Peter Myers)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dawne Allstrom .... production coordinator (as Dawne Alstrom)
Tom Carlile .... publicity coordinator
Jennifer Collen-Smith .... assistant publicist
John Franco .... script supervisor
Helmut Gradischnig .... technical advisor
Jim Gublo .... production accountant
Tom Guido .... assistant: Mr. Fields
Gladys Hill .... assistant: Mr. Huston
Allegra Huston .... production assistant
Anna Korda .... dialogue coach
Tonda Marton .... publicity secretary
Peter Mason .... player consultant
Pelé .... soccer plays designed by
P.R. Reid .... technical advisor (as Major Pat Reid)
Anne Shaw .... production coordinator
Charles Winkler .... production trainee
Elizabeth Yanoska .... assistant: Mr. Fields (as Betty Yanoska)
Tonda Marton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Frank Pace .... production consultant (uncredited)
Pelé .... consultant: soccer (uncredited)
Les Shannon .... football coordinator (uncredited)
Jean-Étienne Siry .... poster designer (french version) (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Gary Chandler .... the producer wishes to thank (as Gary Chandler and their staff)
Pen Densham .... the producer wishes to thank
Otto Elek .... the producer wishes to thank (as Otto Elek and their staff)
Michael Jackson .... the producer wishes to thank
Mario Machado .... the producer wishes to thank
Bobby Moore .... the producer wishes to thank (as Bobby Moore and their staff)
Werner Roth .... the producer wishes to thank (as Werner Roth and their staff)
Judit Somogyi .... the producer wishes to thank (as Judit Somogyi and their staff)
Mike Summerbee .... the producer wishes to thank (as Mike Summerbee and their staff)
John Watson .... the producer wishes to thank
 

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Runtime:
116 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Norway:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2005) | USA:PG | West Germany:6 (f)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sylvester Stallone nixed the idea of using a professional player as a double for the game sequences, because of that he separated his shoulder and broke a finger.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The vast majority of the extras in the soccer stadium have hairstyles and wear clothes associated with the late 1970s and early 1980s (long hair, flares and wide-collared shirts etc.).See more »
Quotes:
Hatch:This frigging game is ruining my life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Symphony 5, 4th movementSee more »

FAQ

Do the Allies win the soccer match or not?
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Football + War = Masterpiece!, 30 October 2001
Author: mdiffey from Durham, England

Despite being universally derided by everyone I know, I still believe that Escape To Victory is possibly the greatest feelgood movie ever made. For anyone who has a passion for football this is an absolute must see, if just for a chance to see legends such as Bobby Moore and Pele playing in the same team.

However, while the football is marvellous, the drama is on a similar level. Everyone always goes on about this film being cheesy, but I really believe it has some great dramatic moments: Caine telling Stallone "I won't be responsible for your death", the tragedy of the Eastern European prisoners, and of course the performance of Max von Sydow.

He really does make the film what it is with a hugely dignified portrayal of a man who has no interest in the war going on around him. When he tells Caine "if all the nations of the world could solve their problems on the football field, wouldn't that be something?", it may be a hugely naive (and slightly corny) sentiment, but you honestly believe that he means it.

There are some minus points, however; it's clear that Stallone has never played as a goalkeeper before (I should know because it's my position), some of the lines delivered by the footballers do sound enormously false (a problem similar to that with the musicians in The Blues Brothers, another classic), and many of the British and German officers are incredibly caricatured. Also, as a war movie it's about as far removed from the terrible reality of war as it's possible to get.

However, to state that Escape to Victory is unrealistic is to miss the point entirely. It's pure escapism. As such, it can lay claim to being one of the few specifically male-oriented feelgood movies around.

In conclusion, it surely deserves to be regarded as something of a modern classic.

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