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Victory (1981)

PG | | Drama, Sport, War | 31 July 1981 (USA)
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 »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Sir Michael Caine played the main character in Get Carter (1971). Sylvester Stallone played the main character in Get Carter (2000), with Sir Michael Caine appearing in a supporting role. See more »

Goofs

The microphone used by the radio announcer at the soccer match is an RCA model 77B, a model not introduced until the late-1940s. 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

Referenced in Ashes to Ashes: Episode #1.2 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Hohenfriedberger Marsch
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One of the best sport sequences in a movie?

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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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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