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Victory (1981)


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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


Drama, Action & Adventure

Evan Jones, Jeff Maguire

Feb 24, 1998

Paramount Pictures

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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.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The form of the film is conventional, but the manner in which it has been executed is not.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A frankly oldfashioned World War II morality play, hinging on soccer as a civilized metaphor for the game of War.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Huston, showing admirable range in his old age, creates enough on-field magic and nostalgia for the beatiful game as an idyll of now-extinct sportsmanship.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
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A cracking good story and some of the best football action committed to celluloid have made this a Bank Holiday classic.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Alternately hokey and inspiring.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Victory

Escape to Victory is nothing short of complete nonsense. It's a work of fiction, a what if scenario, which is fine but its as realistic as Elvis still being alive and well and living on the Moon. It's The Great Escape, with Football and a not particularly great escape. It's neither a good war film or a good sports film. Yet, it's still pretty entertaining, for all it's faults I still quite liked it. I liked Michael Caines and Max Von Sydow's characters, the idea that war can't extinguish a man's passion and that those shared passions can unify some under difficult and horrific situations. You can't argue with the eclectic cast either. An entertaining oddity.
March 24, 2014

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Imagine the brilliance of combining The Great Escape with football. If The Great Escape didn't have you crying manly tears of true awesomeness into a nice cup of tea then this surely will. The use of real actors and footballing professionals really does give the film a more realistic edge than many sporting films. Well at least during the games and training. Not just for football fans, who may actually be too picky and disgruntled of Stallone being the lead. Uplifting, salute worthy and just a bit of fun. Sydow is also brilliant as a nice German officer, which I didn't get since we all know that Germans in war films are evil.
August 5, 2008

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Such a cheesy premise that you have to give it some credit for daring.
January 4, 2008
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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A real oddity in which WWII prisoners of war attempt to hatch an escape plan during an exhibition football match. All the usual feelgood rooting for the underdog cliches, but it's fairly watchable because of the presence of some genuine stars. Helps if you like football, of course...
July 14, 2007
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    1. John Colby: What's the verdict on Williams?
    2. Maj. Karl Von Steiner: A regrettable mistake.
    3. John Colby: The whole bloody war's a regrettable mistake.
    4. Maj. Karl Von Steiner: I agree.
    – Submitted by Lorenzo V (20 months ago)
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Foreign Titles

  • Escape to Victory (Victory) (DE)
  • Escape to Victory (Victory) (UK)
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