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Two Half-Times in Hell (1961)

Két félidö a pokolban (original title)
On Hitler's birthday, the Germans decide to organize a soccer match between prisoners of war and Germans.

Director:

Zoltán Fábri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Imre Sinkovits ... Ónódi
Dezsö Garas Dezsö Garas ... Steiner
László Márkus László Márkus ... Pogány
Tibor Molnár Tibor Molnár ... Rácz
János Koltai János Koltai ... Géza
Gyula Benkö ... Sztepan
Sándor Suka Sándor Suka ... Koczina
Zoltán Gera ... Tankó Sándor
István Velenczei István Velenczei ... Ferenczi
József Horváth József Horváth ... Szabó szakaszvezetõ
András Komlós András Komlós ... Balogh
Gyula Szilágyi Gyula Szilágyi
Tamás Végvári Tamás Végvári ... Pál Tankó
János Rajz János Rajz ... Lipták
János Görbe ... Eberhardt
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On Hitler's birthday, the Germans decide to organize a soccer match between prisoners of war and Germans. They assign the task of organizing the team to a well known Olympics football player who demands for his team food and a chance to train. Although the organizer believes that soccer is sacred and does his best to train the team, he is tempted to escape along with the others, when they find an opportunity. They get caught, but the game takes place anyway. They play, hoping that they might get pardoned and not get executed in the end. However, they play too well and the enraged Germans execute them before the game ends.

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Drama | Sport | War

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The film takes place in April 1944. See more »

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Remade as Victory (1981) See more »

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War time drama that inspired many remakes
16 June 2020 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

This movie is also known in English as The Last Goal, which is a much more accurate title, as I suspect the person who came up with Two Half-Times In Hell didn't understand the game of football (or soccer, as we Americans call it.) The plot is relatively straight forward. A German officer who is stationed in the Ukraine during World War II finds out that there is a famous football player in a work crew of Hungarian political prisoners. Lured by his love of the game and by promises of extra rations and reduced work, the prisoner agrees to play in an exhibition game against German soldiers. But first he has to find 10 other prisoners who are strong and talented enough to make up the rest of the team. And that is just the start of his problems...The result is an effectively told tale with many strong characters and occasional bits of humor and communist propaganda thrown in. The movie drags a little bit here and there but the football match is pretty suspenseful and makes the wait worthwhile.


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Country:

Hungary

Language:

Hungarian | German

Release Date:

2 November 1961 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Goal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hunnia Filmgyár See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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