Victory (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  31 July 1997 (Germany)
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Axel Heyst lives on a secluded island near the Dutch East Indies port of Surabaya. The year is 1913. While on personal business to the port, he visits the hotel owned by racist German ... See full summary »



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Axel Heyst lives on a secluded island near the Dutch East Indies port of Surabaya. The year is 1913. While on personal business to the port, he visits the hotel owned by racist German Schomberg. An all-woman orchestra plays in the hotel each night, and orchestra owner, San Giacomo agrees to "sell" one of the girls, Alma, to Schomberg. She asks Heyst to save her from the villains and they escape to his island and live there with native servant Wang. Schomberg points sinister Mr. Jones and his two fellow bandits to that island, saying that the fortune lies ahead of them there. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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31 July 1997 (Germany)  »

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Fuga Para o Amor  »

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[first lines]
Capt. Davidson: [narrating] There was an island called Samburu, and a man called Axelhouse. Nobody had actually seen him for over 2 years, although, we all knew he was there. Alone in the Java Sea with the ruins of his Tropical Belt coal company. Heyst the business man, Heyst the dreamer, had turned into Heyst the hermit
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Beautiful scenes of Java Sea; wooden performances
29 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've loved most Willem Dafoe films. Sam Neill was a joy in "Reilly, Ace of Spies" and "The Hunt for Red October". Irene Jacob is one of the most alluring and talented women in movies, magnificent in Kieslowski's film "Trois Colours-Red"--and good in "US Marshalls". Simon Callow was hilarious as the "Master of the Revels" in "Shakespeare in Love".

Alas, in "Victory", the four leads don't have the the screenplays and directors from their better movies. They become too wooden, one-dimensional, and more like caricatures rather than fleshed out characters.

The story may be based on the work of the late, great Joseph Conrad, but he was unavailable to improve the movie's dialog and pacing. Had Shakespeare been alive, he'd have loved "Shakespeare in Love". Would Conrd have loved "Victory"? I doubt it--except for the Java Sea scenery.

If you watch, ask yourself why it is called "Victory". Except for a minor line of dialog, does the title have anything to do with the movie?

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