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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.


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The Players: U.S.A. - Capt. Robert Hatch
The Players: England - Capt. John Colby
The Players: Brazil - Cpl. Luis Fernandez
The Players: England - Terry Brady
The Players: Argentina - Carlos Rey
Paul Van Himst ...
The Players: Belgium - Michel Fileu
The Players: Poland - Paul Wolchek
Hallvar Thoresen ...
The Players: Norway - Gunnar Hilsson
Mike Summerbee ...
The Players: England - Sid Harmor
Co Prins ...
The Players: Holland - Pieter Van Beck
Russell Osman ...
The Players: England - Doug Clure
John Wark ...
The Players: Scotland - Arthur Hayes
Søren Lindsted ...
The Players: Denmark - Erik Ball (as Soren Linsted)
Kevin O'Callaghan ...
The Players: Ireland - Tony Lewis (as Kevin O'Calloghan)
The Germans - Major Karl Von Steiner (as Max Von Sydow)
The Germans - Mueller, Coach
George Mikell ...
The Germans - Kommandant
Laurie Sivell ...
The Germans - Goalie
The Germans - Lutz
Robin Turner ...
The Germans - Player
The Germans - Lang
Jürgen Andersen ...
The Germans - Propaganda Civilian (as Jurgen Andersen)
David Shawyer ...
The Germans - Strauss
Werner Roth ...
The Germans - Baumann, Team Captain
The French - Andre
The French - Jean Paul (as Benoit Ferreux)
Jean-François Stévenin ...
The French - Claude (as Jean Francois Stevenin)
Jack Lenoir ...
The French - Georges
The French - Viktor (as Folton Gera)
The French - Renee
The English - Rose
Julian Curry ...
The English - Shurlock
The English - The Forger
The English - Pyrie
The English - Farrell
Jack Kendrick ...
The English - Williams
The English - Colonel Waldron
The Commentators - Chief Commentator
Gunter Wolbert ...
The Commentators - German
Eolo Capacci ...
The Commentators - Italian (as Capacci Eolo)
Michel Dhrey ...
The Commentators - French
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sándor Egervári ...
German Team Player (uncredited)
Ferenc Fülöp ...
German Team Player (uncredited)
Laszlo Klima ...
Fan in Front Row (uncredited)
Ákos Moskovits ...
Renée's Son (uncredited)
László Tátrai ...
Match Referee (uncredited)

Directed by

John Huston

Written by

Yabo Yablonsky ... (story) and
Djordje Milicevic ... (story) &
Jeff Maguire ... (story)
Evan Jones ... (screenplay) and
Yabo Yablonsky ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Annie Fargue ... associate producer
Freddie Fields ... producer
Mario Kassar ... co-producer
Gordon McLendon ... executive producer
Tom Stern ... associate co-producer
Andrew G. Vajna ... associate co-producer (as Andy Vajna)

Music by

Bill Conti

Cinematography by

Gerry Fisher ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Roberto Silvi

Editorial Department

Cesare D'Amico ... assistant editor
Barry Mark Gordon ... assistant editor

Casting By

Rose Tobias Shaw

Production Design by

J. Dennis Washington

Set Decoration by

Sydney Ann Smith-Kee ... (as Sydney Ann Kee)

Makeup Department

Tony Lloyd ... make up artist
Michael Westmore ... make up artist (as Mike Westmore)
Allan A. Apone ... special makeup effects (uncredited)

Production Management

Tom Shaw ... production manager / unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Elie Cohn ... first assistant director
Robert Riger ... second unit director
Peter Knób ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Timea Veress ... first assistant director (uncredited)
Charles Winkler ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Tom Shaw Jr. ... property master
Lajos E. Szabó ... stand-by painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

Colin Charles ... sound mixer
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady ... assistant sound editor (as Barbara Ann Gandolfo)
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer
Leslie Hodgson ... supervising sound editor
Stephen Katz ... sound consultant
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Bonnie Koehler ... sound editor
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer
Anthony Palk ... sound editor
Gary Weir ... boom operator
Giorgio De Vincenzo ... sound editor (uncredited)
Ken Dufva ... foley artist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Candy Flanagin ... special effects (as Candy Flanagan)
Péter Pásztorfi ... special effects technician (uncredited)


Menyhért René Balog-Dutombé ... stunt double (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Sándor Boros ... stunts (uncredited)
Zoltán Gulyás Kiss ... stunts (uncredited)
Péter Katona ... safety man (uncredited)
Gábor Piroch ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Dawn Aberg ... camera assistant: second unit
Derek Burtonshaw ... camera assistant: second unit
Ron Collins ... camera operator: second unit
Mike Davies ... camera operator: second unit
Egon Endrényi ... still photography
Cary Fisher ... camera assistant
Bernard Ford ... camera operator
Tony Garrett ... camera assistant: second unit
Harvey Harrison ... camera operator: second unit
Harry Hart ... camera operator: second unit
Dennis Hill ... slow motion engineer: second unit
David Lenham ... camera assistant: second unit
Madelyn Most ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jimmy Mullins ... grip: second unit
Ray Norris ... camera assistant: second unit
Peter Oblath ... first assistant camera: second unit
Mike Rutter ... camera assistant (as Michael Rutter)
Laurie Shane ... gaffer
Sergio Strizzi ... still photographer
Eric Van Haren Noman ... cameraman: second unit
Jimmy Waters ... key grip
Kenneth J. Withers ... operator: second unit (as Ken Withers)
Ken Worringham ... camera assistant: second unit (as Ken Warringham)
András Váradi ... camera loader (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Tom Bronson ... costumes
Uta Freiwald ... costume design assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

Bodie Chandler ... music supervisor
Stephen A. Hope ... music editor
Peter T. Myers ... orchestration (as Peter Myers)
Dan Wallin ... score mixer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

John Franco ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Dawne Allstrom ... production coordinator (as Dawne Alstrom)
Tom Carlile ... publicity coordinator
Jennifer Collen-Smith ... assistant publicist
Helmut Gradischnig ... technical advisor
Jim Gublo ... production accountant
Tom Guido ... assistant: to Mr. Fields
Gladys Hill ... assistant: to Mr. Huston
Allegra Huston ... production assistant
Anna Korda ... dialogue coach
Tonda Marton ... publicity secretary
Peter Mason ... player consultant
Pelé ... designer: soccer plays
P.R. Reid ... technical advisor (as Major Pat Reid)
Anne Shaw ... production coordinator
Charles Winkler ... production trainee
Elizabeth Yanoska ... assistant: Mr. Fields (as Betty Yanoska)
Tonda Marton ... production assistant (uncredited)
Frank Pace ... production consultant (uncredited)
Pelé ... consultant: soccer (uncredited)
Les Shannon ... football coordinator (uncredited)
Jean-Étienne Siry ... poster designer (uncredited)


Gary Chandler ... the producer wishes to thank (as Gary Chandler and their staff)
New York Cosmos ... the producer wishes to thank
Pen Densham ... the producer wishes to thank
Otto Elek ... the producer wishes to thank (as Otto Elek and their staff)
Michael Jackson ... the producer wishes to thank
Mario Machado ... the producer wishes to thank
Bobby Moore ... the producer wishes to thank (as Bobby Moore and their staff)
Werner Roth ... the producer wishes to thank (as Werner Roth and their staff)
Judit Somogyi ... the producer wishes to thank (as Judit Somogyi and their staff)
Mike Summerbee ... the producer wishes to thank (as Mike Summerbee and their staff)
John Watson ... the producer wishes to thank

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Their goal was freedom... See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Escape to Victory (United Kingdom)
  • Escape to Victory (United States)
  • Fuga per la vittoria (Italy)
  • À nous la victoire (France)
  • Evasión o victoria (Spain)
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  • 116 min
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Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia The movie was inspired by an actual series of games in Kiev, during the German occupation of the city. Several members of Dynamo Kiev, the top soccer team in Ukraine, found work in a bakery. There they formed a soccer team with other bakery employees. They began playing in a new league against teams supported by the Ukranian puppet government and German military. After they beat a team from a local German Air Force base, the league was disbanded, and several of the team members were arrested by the Gestapo, and four were executed. See more »
Goofs During the match an injured POW player is taken off by stretcher and another player puts on a shirt to replace him. Substitutes were not introduced in this way until 1953; until that point, a "substitute" was a player who stood in for another who had failed to turn up for the game and players were not replaced once the match was underway. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Victory/Condorman/Loulou/Under the Rainbow (1981). See more »
Soundtracks Symphony 5, 4th movement See more »
Quotes Capt. John Colby - The Players: England: What's the verdict on Williams?
Major Karl Von Steiner - The Germans: A regrettable mistake.
Capt. John Colby - The Players: England: The whole bloody war's a regrettable mistake.
Major Karl Von Steiner - The Germans: I agree.
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