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Victory (1981)

PG | | Drama, Sport, War | 31 July 1981 (USA)
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.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Yabo Yablonsky (story), Djordje Milicevic (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Paul Van Himst ... Michel Fileu - The Players: Belgium
Kazimierz Deyna ... Paul Wolchek - The Players: Poland
Hallvar Thoresen Hallvar Thoresen ... Gunnar Hilsson - The Players: Norway
Mike Summerbee Mike Summerbee ... Sid Harmor - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: England
Co Prins Co Prins ... Pieter Van Beck - The Players: Holland
Russell Osman Russell Osman ... Doug Clure - The Players: England
John Wark John Wark ... Arthur Hayes - The Players: Scotland
Søren Lindsted Søren Lindsted ... Erik Ball - Allied Soccer Player - The Players: Denmark (as Soren Linsted)
Kevin O'Callaghan 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)
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Their goal was freedom... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Italy

Language:

English

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,488,808, 31 July 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,853,418

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,453,418, 31 December 1981
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When questioned by news reporters in 2014, Ossie Ardiles said that his greatest ever sporting moment was playing in 'Victory', despite Ardiles being a World Cup winner with Argentina in 1978, and having other major honors throughout his football career. See more »

Goofs

The team refuses to escape during the halftime, and return to the stadium to play the second half of the game. The two allied officers in the bleachers see this and are shocked, looking very disappointed, probably thinking something went wrong and the escape couldn't be arranged. However, there is no reason for them to be disappointed, since they could have no idea that the escape was arranged for the halftime break. Even the players were told just moments before the game. See more »

Quotes

Lang - The Germans: We will win?
Major Karl Von Steiner - The Germans: We should. We are very strong, but... players can get injured. The referee can make mistakes.
Lang - The Germans: [knowingly] Oh, this referee is very good. He will make no mistakes.
Major Karl Von Steiner - The Germans: We can't do that. I have given my word.
Lang - The Germans: Karl, we cannot afford to take a chance. We must win.
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Referenced in Mean Machine (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony 5, 4th movement
(uncredited)
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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