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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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  • Genre: Action | Drama
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 992.84M
  • Resolution: 720x400 / 25.000 FPSfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 116
  • IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 
  • MPR: Normal
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The Synopsis for Victory (1981) 720p

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.

The Director and Players for Victory (1981) 720p

[Role:Director]John Huston
[Role:]Sylvester Stallone
[Role:]Michael Caine

The Reviews for Victory (1981) 720p

Reviewed byjcanettisVote: 7/10/10

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 itfeatures two very good actors (Michael Caine - Max von Sydow), there isnot much to stand out: A rather incredulous WW2 plot, an average acting(what could you expect from professional footballers or fromStallone?), and a simply decent direction, produce an average result.Thankfully, there is more than that, as I will explain in more detaillater.

"Victory" is about some inmates in a WW2 prison camp, who have apassion for soccer. Captain J. Colby (Caine), a former footballer, isthe leading figure in the camp matches that take place. One day, he isspotted by football-fan Major Steiner (Max von Sydow) who proposes himthe idea of organizing a match between allied POWs vs. Germans. Colbyagrees, as he believes this will be a great morale-booster and a chancefor better prison conditions for those involved; however, more seniorinmates are skeptical, as they believe this will be a propaganda stuntfor the Germans. In the end, they also concur but only after they haveconvinced the team's goalie Capt. Hatch (Stallone) to arrange theteam's escape during the match. The difficulty is that both Colby andhis team are more interested in this game than in their freedom, sothey 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 muchbetter: We watch terrific football from stars such as Pele, Ardiles,and Bobby Moore, with scenes such as Pele's goal being memorable to allsports fans. Of course, if you are not into soccer, then perhaps youwon't get that excited (although the spectacle can be exciting fornon-fans, too). But if you like the King of Sports, then you willcertainly enjoy this film. 7/10.

Reviewed bymdiffeyVote: 10/10/10

Despite being universally derided by everyone I know, I still believe thatEscape To Victory is possibly the greatest feelgood movie ever made. Foranyone who has a passion for football this is an absolute must see, ifjustfor a chance to see legends such as Bobby Moore and Pele playing in thesameteam.

However, while the football is marvellous, the drama is on a similarlevel.Everyone always goes on about this film being cheesy, but I really believeit has some great dramatic moments: Caine telling Stallone "I won't beresponsible for your death", the tragedy of the Eastern Europeanprisoners,and of course the performance of Max von Sydow.

He really does make the film what it is with a hugely dignified portrayalofa man who has no interest in the war going on around him. When he tellsCaine "if all the nations of the world could solve their problems on thefootball field, wouldn't that be something?", it may be a hugely naive(andslightly corny) sentiment, but you honestly believe that he meansit.

There are some minus points, however; it's clear that Stallone has neverplayed as a goalkeeper before (I should know because it's my position),someof the lines delivered by the footballers do sound enormously false (aproblem similar to that with the musicians in The Blues Brothers, anotherclassic), and many of the British and German officers are incrediblycaricatured. Also, as a war movie it's about as far removed from theterrible reality of war as it's possible to get.

However, to state that Escape to Victory is unrealistic is to miss thepointentirely. It's pure escapism. As such, it can lay claim to being one ofthe few specifically male-oriented feelgood movies around.

In conclusion, it surely deserves to be regarded as something of a modernclassic.

Reviewed bybob the mooVote: /10

When Major Karl Von Steiner sees POW's playing football he suggests afriendly match between the guards and a select 11 of the prisoners. Howeveras word of the match spreads, the German high command seize on it as achance to publicly show the strength of the Germans to the world, while theescape committee within the POW camp start planning for a major escape tohumiliate the Germans on their big day.

Well worth seeing simply because of the range of `famous' footballers in thecast and the fact that it is one of a select few films that is based aroundfootball. That is not to mean it is any good – because of course it simplyisn't. The film is a strange mix of POW movie and sports movie. The POWside of it is full of cliché and rip offs of better films, the music itselfsounds like a watered down version of The Great Escape. The football actionitself is saved for the final third. I think the film would have workedbetter if it had focused more on training (al la Dirty Dozen) rather thanopening up the stuff around Hatch's escape. As it stands the game isactually quite enjoyable, of course it doesn't really play out like a realfootball match, but it's very hard to get that in a film.

For all those who say that coming back from 4-1 down at halftime isunrealistic and laughable, I say HA! A few seasons ago I watched Man Unitedwin 5-3 over Spurs despite losing 3-0 at halftime. Even in the past 3 weeksI have seen both Wolves and West Brom come back from a 3-0 halftime loss towin 4-3 against Leicester and West Ham respectively. Of course the longmidfield runs etc are a little unrealistic but the game itself is the moreenjoyable aspect of the film.

The cast are not that great. Caine does almost nothing and seems to havejust been interested in playing football alongside Pele and Moore (whowouldn't!). Pele, Moore and the other footballers all do OK and seem happyto play (but have major problems with delivering their lines withoutsounding a little wooden). However, Stallone is probably the best of thecast. For the most part his performance is pretty weak and he is forced tobe a strong chin in an escape plot, however he also does well with somecomic stuff and seems to enjoy being a footballer!

Overall the film is a very strange hybrid, none of which really works verywell. It is best viewed as a bit of fantasy football where the `Brits' beatthe Germans at football (and everything else) mainly worth watching becausethey can't do it in real life! The sub-par rip offs of other films keepreminding us that this is not as good as it's peers, but it is worth seeingif you are a football fan – even if it's a pretty poor product as afilm.

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