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Director:
Writers:
Yabo Yablonsky (story) and
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Release Date:
30 July 1981 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Silly rip off but passable to watch See more (86 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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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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 originally slated to star Lloyd Bridges and Clint Eastwood. French actor Alain Delon was also touted to appear.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:
[just before the football match]
Hatch:Where do I stand for a corner kick?
Capt. John Colby - The Players: England:At the far post, facing the ball.
Hatch:Thanks. For a while there I thought you were keeping it a secret.
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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 27 people found the following review useful.
Silly rip off but passable to watch, 13 November 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

When Major Karl Von Steiner sees POW's playing football he suggests a friendly match between the guards and a select 11 of the prisoners. However as word of the match spreads, the German high command seize on it as a chance to publicly show the strength of the Germans to the world, while the escape committee within the POW camp start planning for a major escape to humiliate the Germans on their big day.

Well worth seeing simply because of the range of `famous' footballers in the cast and the fact that it is one of a select few films that is based around football. That is not to mean it is any good – because of course it simply isn't. The film is a strange mix of POW movie and sports movie. The POW side of it is full of cliché and rip offs of better films, the music itself sounds like a watered down version of The Great Escape. The football action itself is saved for the final third. I think the film would have worked better if it had focused more on training (al la Dirty Dozen) rather than opening up the stuff around Hatch's escape. As it stands the game is actually quite enjoyable, of course it doesn't really play out like a real football match, but it's very hard to get that in a film.

For all those who say that coming back from 4-1 down at halftime is unrealistic and laughable, I say HA! A few seasons ago I watched Man United win 5-3 over Spurs despite losing 3-0 at halftime. Even in the past 3 weeks I have seen both Wolves and West Brom come back from a 3-0 halftime loss to win 4-3 against Leicester and West Ham respectively. Of course the long midfield runs etc are a little unrealistic but the game itself is the more enjoyable aspect of the film.

The cast are not that great. Caine does almost nothing and seems to have just been interested in playing football alongside Pele and Moore (who wouldn't!). Pele, Moore and the other footballers all do OK and seem happy to play (but have major problems with delivering their lines without sounding a little wooden). However, Stallone is probably the best of the cast. For the most part his performance is pretty weak and he is forced to be a strong chin in an escape plot, however he also does well with some comic stuff and seems to enjoy being a footballer!

Overall the film is a very strange hybrid, none of which really works very well. It is best viewed as a bit of fantasy football where the `Brits' beat the Germans at football (and everything else) mainly worth watching because they can't do it in real life! The sub-par rip offs of other films keep reminding us that this is not as good as it's peers, but it is worth seeing if you are a football fan – even if it's a pretty poor product as a film.

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