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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While some may describe the bulk of this movie 'predictable', the final match sequence is simply breathtaking, and the soundtrack by Bill Conti is incredibly powerful, up there with the best in any 'war-time' movie.
The 'Great Escape' style storyline may have been done before, but the end justifies the means in what is, in my opinion, an under-rated movie.
It is interesting to see Sylvester Stallone playing football, alongside Michael Caine, and players such as Pele and Ozzy Ardiles. Enough reason alone to see the film. Stallone plays the loud-mouth American who is only interested in literally 'tackling' players, but who turns out to be a very good goalkeeper.
Real-life players, led by Pele, do their part to support the script, but the film really comes into its own in the final match scene, which still moves me after all these years.
Very stirring stuff.
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