Three Italian-American brothers, living in the slums of 1940's New York City, try to help each other with one's wrestling career using one brother's promotional skills and another brother's con-artist tactics to thwart a sleazy manager.
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
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This movie featured eighteen international professional football players of the time appearing in both acting and sports action stunt roles. Soccer stars who have key roles in this movie included Brazilian Pelé as Allied Trinidadian Corporal Luis Fernandez; England's Bobby Moore as the Allies' English Terry Brady; Argentina's Osvaldo Ardiles as Allied Argentine Carlos Rey; Scotland's John Wark as Scottish Arthur Hayes; Ireland's Kevin O'Callaghan as the Allied Irish goalkeeper Tony Lewis; Poland's Kazimierz Deyna as Polish player Paul Wolchek; Norway's Hallvar Thoresen as Norwegian player Gunnar Hilsson; Belgium's Paul Van Himst as Belgian Michel Fileu; Denmark's Søren Lindsted as Danish Allie Erik Ball; U.S.'s Werner Roth as German Team Captain Baumann; England's Mike Summerbee as Allied Soccer Player Sid Harmor; England's Russell Osman as Doug Clure; Holland's Co Prins as Dutch Pieter Van Beck, while England's Laurie Sivell played the German goalkeeper Schmidt. See more »
When Pele is injured during the game, he rolls around in pain, and the top his head touches the chalk line. The large white patch on his head is clearly seen. In the next scene, it is gone. See more »
[the Germans have scored their first goal]
German - The Commentators:
And listen to that applause!
[the lead commentator turns on an electronic 'canned applause' device, turning it up to maximum]
German - The Commentators:
The crowd is going wild!
[the camera pans through the audience, showing they're completely silent]
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One of the best "male bonding" cameraderie movies ever
This is the antithesis to the "chick-flick" and up there with the great "male bonding" cameraderie movies such as "great Escape" and "The Man Who Would Be King", and let's not exclude "The Longest Yard". Best scene by far in the movie is Pele's jaw-dropping upside-down kick, followed by Max Von Sydow's sportsmanlike and awestruck applause, followed by glares of hatred from his German brethren. I can guarantee you that that scene is worth the price of the admission(video rental) alone. As far as the non-soccer star cast goes, Michael Caine more than compensates for Sylvester Stallone, and the rest do a credible job, with highest marks to Von Sydow as a 'good guy' on the other side.
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