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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 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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was originally slated to star Lloyd Bridges and Clint Eastwood. French actor Alain Delon was also touted to appear. See more »

Goofs

The escape tunnel comes up under a pool. As the tunnelers break through, air bubbles burst forth - but since the tunnel is open at the other end, water would just flow down the hole, pushing the air along (rather like a domestic bathtub where bubbles don't come up from the drain while the water is running out). See more »

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[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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CBS edited 20 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

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Symphony 5, 4th movement
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Decent Movie Featuring Terrific Football
22 October 2005 | by jcanettisSee all my reviews

If the part where the football match takes place was omitted, "Victory" would be a "5 stars out of 10" film. The reason is that although it features two very good actors (Michael Caine - Max von Sydow), there is not much to stand out: A rather incredulous WW2 plot, an average acting (what could you expect from professional footballers or from Stallone?), and a simply decent direction, produce an average result. Thankfully, there is more than that, as I will explain in more detail later.

"Victory" is about some inmates in a WW2 prison camp, who have a passion for soccer. Captain J. Colby (Caine), a former footballer, is the leading figure in the camp matches that take place. One day, he is spotted by football-fan Major Steiner (Max von Sydow) who proposes him the idea of organizing a match between allied POWs vs. Germans. Colby agrees, as he believes this will be a great morale-booster and a chance for better prison conditions for those involved; however, more senior inmates are skeptical, as they believe this will be a propaganda stunt for the Germans. In the end, they also concur but only after they have convinced the team's goalie Capt. Hatch (Stallone) to arrange the team's escape during the match. The difficulty is that both Colby and his team are more interested in this game than in their freedom, so they are hesitant on what they should finally do...

As I said, the movie is just watchable during its first part. And yet, when we start to watch the Allied - Germans match, things get much better: We watch terrific football from stars such as Pele, Ardiles, and Bobby Moore, with scenes such as Pele's goal being memorable to all sports fans. Of course, if you are not into soccer, then perhaps you won't get that excited (although the spectacle can be exciting for non-fans, too). But if you like the King of Sports, then you will certainly enjoy this film. 7/10.


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