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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:
Decent Movie Featuring Terrific Football See more (90 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)

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:
The movie was inspired by an actual series of games in Kiev, during the German occupation of the city. Several members of Dynamo Kiev, the top soccer team in Ukraine, found work in a bakery. There they formed a soccer team with other bakery employees. They began playing in a new league against teams supported by the Ukranian puppet government and German military. After they beat a team from a local German Air Force base, the league was disbanded and several of the team members arrested by the Gestapo and four were executed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Greatest Ever War Films (2014) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Symphony 5, 4th movementSee more »

FAQ

Do the Allies win the soccer match or not?
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Decent Movie Featuring Terrific Football, 22 October 2005
Author: jcanettis from Athens, Greece

If the part where the football match takes place was omitted, "Victory" would be a "5 stars out of 10" film. The reason is that although it features two very good actors (Michael Caine - Max von Sydow), there is not much to stand out: A rather incredulous WW2 plot, an average acting (what could you expect from professional footballers or from Stallone?), and a simply decent direction, produce an average result. Thankfully, there is more than that, as I will explain in more detail later.

"Victory" is about some inmates in a WW2 prison camp, who have a passion for soccer. Captain J. Colby (Caine), a former footballer, is the leading figure in the camp matches that take place. One day, he is spotted by football-fan Major Steiner (Max von Sydow) who proposes him the idea of organizing a match between allied POWs vs. Germans. Colby agrees, as he believes this will be a great morale-booster and a chance for better prison conditions for those involved; however, more senior inmates are skeptical, as they believe this will be a propaganda stunt for the Germans. In the end, they also concur but only after they have convinced the team's goalie Capt. Hatch (Stallone) to arrange the team's escape during the match. The difficulty is that both Colby and his team are more interested in this game than in their freedom, so they are hesitant on what they should finally do...

As I said, the movie is just watchable during its first part. And yet, when we start to watch the Allied - Germans match, things get much better: We watch terrific football from stars such as Pele, Ardiles, and Bobby Moore, with scenes such as Pele's goal being memorable to all sports fans. Of course, if you are not into soccer, then perhaps you won't get that excited (although the spectacle can be exciting for non-fans, too). But if you like the King of Sports, then you will certainly enjoy this film. 7/10.

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