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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

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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>

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Taglines:

Their goal was freedom... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sport | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A location scout covering seven countries was conducted to find the appropriate sports stadium which would reflect a 1940s Europe in Paris, France. See more »

Goofs

When Stalone is in Paris subway, he looks at a list of stations that must appear on a map. We see the station "Guy Moquet". The 1940s station name was "Marcadet - Balagny". Guy Moquet was a communist resistant executed by the German in 1941. The station was named after him only in 1946. See more »

Quotes

Renée - The French: [Hatch has asked how she feels about sheltering him] How do I feel? I feel responsible. Hopeful. When I get word that someone I sheltered is safe, then I'm happy. I can forget them. But when I hear that they've been caught or killed, then I remember everything. I remember their face, their voices, what they said about their parents, their child, their pets, and I mourn for them. I don't want to mourn for you.
Hatch: Well, you're safe with me, Renée.
Renée - The French: How?
Hatch: Well, I'm, uh... an orphan, a bastard. I have no...
[...]
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Remake of Két félidö a pokolban (1961) See more »

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Symphony 5, 4th movement
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Once again, you can't trust the critics.
3 February 2002 | by wgfinleySee all my reviews

John Huston's Victory has probably seen so much critical scorn it's mind boggling. Is this movie Oscar material? Certainly not, but it's a great film in many ways.

First of all, Bill Conti offers up a first rate uplifting musical score. It's outstanding work and you hear a bit of resemblence to the score he wrote for a 1982 film that received a little bit of notoriety -- The Right Stuff.

Next, the cinematography is simply gorgeous. Soccer is not an easy sport to film and I think this film was done wonderfully. I thought the choice of film stock, a certain amount of grain to make it almost like you're watching a documentary was a nice touch. Some of the action shots and slow-mos are absolutely wonderful to behold.

Finally, we have a nice plot with a couple of surprises, a great cast, and an auteur director. Certainly, Huston was in failing health and not at the top of his game by this time but his work on this film was still memorable. For me I will always remember the wonderful line with "The Forger" asking Hatch "You don't want to get shot as a spy do you?" And the quick reply, "No, I don't want to get shot as anything." Simple one liner, uncomplicated, yet funny.

Victory is a great inspirational film, a sure hit for soccer fans (of course he wasn't offside - he was behind the ball when it was struck!) and a nice film for war buffs. Just ignore Maltin et al and spend the time watching it, widescreen DVD recommended, you won't be sorry.


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