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Victory (1981)

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.

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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

Several soccer players from the Ipswich Town Football Club featured in this movie. These included Kevin Beattie; Paul Cooper; Kevin O'Callaghan; Russell Osman; Laurie Sivell; Robin Turner, and John Wark. 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

[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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Symphony 5, 4th movement
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Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
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User Reviews

 
Great movie
27 April 2005 | by dantt777See all my reviews

This a great movie for any football fan. A great set of stars from the 70's, Pele and Stallone as a funny goalkeeper. This is one of my favorite soccer movies. The storyline is not the best, but it is catchy. Now the way the stadium was set up, the noise, it feel really real. I would love to see a similar movie remade. Maybe a victory 2 with todays's stars. Some people do not like the idea of sly as a football player, I disagree, I think he playing the "football-ignorant"american is good. Now I also think that the way the soccer players acted was very realistic. In special Pele was good. I know many friends in many countries outside the USA who just love this film.


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