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Escape to Victory -- Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine star in this thriller about POWs who, during an arranged soccer game in Paris, plan a daring
escape with the help of the French underground.


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Release Date:
30 July 1981 (USA) See more »
Their goal was freedom... See more »
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 »
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  (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 .... co-producer
Gordon McLendon .... executive producer
Tom Stern .... associate co-producer
Andrew G. Vajna .... associate co-producer (as Andy Vajna)
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Roberto Silvi 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Leslie Hodgson .... supervising sound editor
Stephen Katz .... sound consultant
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Bonnie Koehler .... sound editor
Don MacDougall .... sound 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)
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 .... camera assistant: second unit
Derek Burtonshaw .... camera assistant: second unit
Ron Collins .... camera operator: second unit
Mike Davies .... camera operator: second unit
Egon Endrényi .... still photographer
Cary Fisher .... camera assistant
Bernard Ford .... camera operator
Tony Garrett .... camera assistant: second unit
Harvey Harrison .... camera operator: second unit
Harry Hart .... camera 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 camera: second unit
Mike Rutter .... camera assistant (as Michael Rutter)
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
Sergio Strizzi .... still photographer
Eric Van Haren Noman .... cameraman: second unit
Jimmy Waters .... key grip
Kenneth J. Withers .... camera 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)
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 .... designer: soccer plays
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)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Victory" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
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116 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:12 | 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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

This movie featured eighteen international soccer stars of the time appearing in both acting and sports action stunt roles.See more »
Anachronisms: The microphone used by the radio announcer at the soccer match is an RCA model 77B, a model not introduced until the late-1940s.See more »
French Audience:[chanting] Victoire! Victoire!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Stargate (1994)See more »
Symphony 5, 4th movementSee more »


Do the Allies win the soccer match or not?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Implausible but enjoyable, 7 July 2000
Author: aegm from Arlington, VA

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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