Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2
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John Huston directed this exciting World War II action film, which culminates in a rousing soccer game. In a German prisoner of war camp, Major Karl von Steiner (Max Von Sydow), the camp commander, once a member of the German national soccer team, decides to put together a soccer match between a team of Allied prisoners, led by Captain John Colby (Michael Caine), a former English international soccer player. The game is to be played in Colombes Stadium in Paris and exploited for maximum
Jul 30, 1981 Limited
Feb 24, 1998
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Max von Sydow
Maj. Karl Von Steiner
Team Captain Baumann
Unsatisfactory both for fans of star-studded prison escape dramas and for football fans hoping to see cunningly devised tactics from Pele and his squad of internationals.
The form of the film is conventional, but the manner in which it has been executed is not.
A frankly oldfashioned World War II morality play, hinging on soccer as a civilized metaphor for the game of War.
A cracking good story and some of the best football action committed to celluloid have made this a Bank Holiday classic.
- John Colby: What's the verdict on Williams?
- Maj. Karl Von Steiner: A regrettable mistake.
- John Colby: The whole bloody war's a regrettable mistake.
- Maj. Karl Von Steiner: I agree.
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