This is the antithesis to the "chick-flick" and up there with the great"male bonding" cameraderie movies such as "great Escape" and "The Man WhoWould Be King", and let's not exclude "The Longest Yard". Best scene by farin the movie is Pele's jaw-dropping upside-down kick, followed by Max VonSydow's sportsmanlike and awestruck applause, followed by glares of hatredfrom his German brethren. I can guarantee you that that scene is worth theprice of the admission(video rental) alone. As far as the non-soccer starcast goes, Michael Caine more than compensates for Sylvester Stallone, andthe rest do a credible job, with highest marks to Von Sydow as a 'good guy'on the other side.
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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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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.
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Reviewed byLen Helfgott ([email protected])Vote: /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.
Any football fans out there? If you haven't seen Escape To Victoryeither at Christmas, when it is usually on at a ridiculous time of themorning, or hired/bought it on DVD then you are really missing out.
There is a fair amount of disbelief suspending that needs to take placebefore you settle down. But, if you can numb your brain to the idea ofMicheal Caine playing professional football or indeed, SylvesterStallone doing the same in goal, you're in for a treat.
As a football fan, it was a real thrill to see the great Bobby Moorekicking a ball in anger and, against the Germans too (remember what Isaid about suspending disbelief).
OK, it isn't the greatest film ever made. But it isn't supposed to be.It's a bit of bubblegum that is just supposed to kill a couple ofhours. A feat the movie accomplishes handsomely.
I defy any football fan not to cheer when the goals go in or to cursewhen the Germans do well. Similarly, try and stifle your guffaws whenyou see Mr Caine trying to look like he knows what he's supposed to bedoing. Is it just me or does he become more cockney when he tries toconvey excitement in any of his roles?? Probably one of England's moreone dimensional acting talents.
If you don't enjoy it, you're missing the point of it. Nobody will everforget horror of war, it's ingrained. That isn't what this film isabout although it does have a stab at giving the viewer a clue aboutthe life of a POW in WWII.
No, the film is about entertainment. And, on that level, it's one ofthe good ones.