This film is pure genius. That's it.
Escape to Victory (1981) 1080p YIFY Movie
Escape to Victory (1981) 1080p
Victory is a movie starring Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, and Pelé. 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...
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The Synopsis for Escape to Victory (1981) 1080p
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.
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GeniusReviewed byLazlo Woodbine-2Vote: 10/10
World War II and the Nazi officers come up with a propaganda driven idea for the German national football team to play a team composed of Allied Prisoners of War. Led by Capt. John Colby (Michael Caine) the prisoners agree, but there's more than just propaganda at stake here.
Directed by John Huston in the twilight of his career, Escape To Victory, in spite of it being a perennial Bank Holiday viewing in the UK, is a film that's often used as a kicking post by critics. It's hard to understand why such a fun and harmless piece can cause such derision in cinematic circles. It can't be expectation because when you read the plot, see that Sylvester Stallone is playing in goal and that a tubby 48 year old Caine is the captain of this soccer team!; well surely you know this film isn't all about about cranial depth encompassing the propaganda machinations of the Nazi regime?
Using real footballers (notably Pelé, Bobby Moore and Osvaldo Ardilies) is what makes Escape To Victory work as entertainment for so many people in the UK. Huston, much like Stallone, hadn't got a clue how to make a football based movie. In stepped the footballers to choreograph the film's football sequences, sequences that give the film some truly memorable moments (Pelé overhead kick, Ardiles rainbow flick, and erm, Stallone penalty save). They couldn't act for toffee, none of them, but that's where Caine comes in. Guiding them thru their scenes, Caine was highly thought of on the set by the players, a sort of father figure by all accounts, not just on the set, but in the bar too. Stallone excepted (he was off doing his own thing most of the time), it was a happy shoot, and that shows in the movie, the non actors growing in confidence as the movie progresses. While the film ultimately deals in escapist fun, it's not without moments of poignancy too. A sacrificial break for the war effort induces winces across the board, whilst the arrival of the Eastern Block players from the work camps demands our utmost heartfelt attention.
Is Escape To Victory a great film? No, of course not. But it is a darn good one. A film that's easy to lose oneself in during the holiday periods. With Caine flicking the Vs, Max Von Sydow being classy as usual and some legendary footballers strutting their stuff, what's not to enjoy? Really? 7.5/10
WARNING---MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS---WARNING
First of all, I have heard people, obviously Yanks, say this rips off the Longest Yard. Those of you that think so need to get educated properly. It rips off a Hungarian film about Dynamo Kiev. Those of you that say it ripped off The Great Escape, because of Sylvester Stallone, you are wrong as The Great Escape is a serious war film whereas this one is a football film set in World War 2. How else do you think they would get all those multinational football stars playing AGAINST the Germans on one team and yet still make the plot make sense?
Second of all, this film is not meant to be a serious war film, therefore there is no reason for it to be accurate or to show a soldier with his guts hanging out crying for his mother so you think twice about war. It is a football film that involves football in wartime, nothing else. This also means that there is no reason this film has to contain a scene where the Germans torch or gas a Jew. To see the latter, watch The Pianist or Schindler's List.
Last of all, this film is the first real football film therefore it deserves credit for this alone. The whole film is just a gap filler until the match comes along. This is when the film shows its true colours, a brilliantly executed, acted and shot football film.
A brilliant and fantastic film all round.