As allied P.O.W.s 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.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Yabo Yablonsky (story), Djordje Milicevic (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... The Players: U.S.A. - Capt. Robert Hatch
Michael Caine ... The Players: England - Capt. John Colby
Pelé ... The Players: Brazil - Cpl. Luis Fernandez
Bobby Moore ... The Players: England - Terry Brady
Osvaldo Ardiles ... The Players: Argentina - Carlos Rey
Paul Van Himst Paul Van Himst ... The Players: Belgium - Michel Fileu
Kazimierz Deyna ... The Players: Poland - Paul Wolchek
Hallvar Thoresen Hallvar Thoresen ... The Players: Norway - Gunnar Hilsson
Mike Summerbee Mike Summerbee ... The Players: England - Sid Harmor
Co Prins Co Prins ... The Players: Holland - Pieter Van Beck
Russell Osman Russell Osman ... The Players: England - Doug Clure
John Wark John Wark ... The Players: Scotland - Arthur Hayes
Søren Lindsted Søren Lindsted ... The Players: Denmark - Erik Ball (as Soren Linsted)
Kevin O'Callaghan Kevin O'Callaghan ... The Players: Ireland - Tony Lewis (as Kevin O'Calloghan)
Max von Sydow ... The Germans - Major Karl Von Steiner (as Max Von Sydow)
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Storyline

In World War II, a group of Nazi officers come up with a propaganda event in which an all-star Nazi team will play a team composed of Allied prisoners of war in a soccer (football) game. The prisoners agree, planning on using the game as a means of escape from the camp. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Now is the time for heroes. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although Sylvester Stallone thought the story was a cliché and he didn't know much about soccer himself, he agreed to do the film as he didn't want to turn down the chance of working with legendary Hollywood director John Huston. See more »

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

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Symphony 5, 4th movement
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Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
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Implausible but enjoyable
7 July 2000 | by aegmSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK | USA | Italy

Language:

English | German | French

Release Date:

31 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape to Victory See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,853,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,853,418
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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