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Victory Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ August 5, 2008
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.
Super Reviewer
½ January 4, 2008
Such a cheesy premise that you have to give it some credit for daring.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2007
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...
Super Reviewer
½ July 3, 2011
Film about Allied prisoners of war who are interned in a German prison camp during World War II and accept the chalenge of a soccer game facing the German national squad. The film was directed by John Huston and stars Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone and Max von Sydow.
The film received great attention upon its theatrical release, as it also starred football superstars Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Kazimierz Deyna, Paul Van Himst and Pelé. Numerous Ipswich Town F.C. players were also in the film, including John Wark, Russell Osman, Laurie Sivell, Robin Turner and Kevin O'Callaghan. Further Ipswich Town players stood in for actors in the football scenes - Kevin Beattie for Michael Caine, and Paul Cooper for Sylvester Stallone.Good fun in this movie, specially for soccer lovers(as myself).Despite the poor theatrical performances by the soccer players, the final result is good and interesting.
Super Reviewer
August 2, 2010
Let's be honest, this will never be remembered as one of the great war films. Hell, it's not even a good sports film! This is definitely one of Huston's lesser films (there's no visual flair here at all) and even Michael Caine looks bored. Stallone is trying to convince himself that he is McQueen in The Great Escape but fails miserably (and he is the worst goalkeeper ever!) and the script and story never really develop the characters fully. It's left to some good acting from Von Sydow and Massey and a football game that is nowhere near long enough and badly shot to lift this up to an ok film. It's entertaining seeing all the greats on the pitch and Pele's skills are still amazing. One to watch every four years during the world cup but not a patch on The Great Escape.
Super Reviewer
June 9, 2007
Brilliant....Shame they won...
July 18, 2012
It has a rather ridiculous plot and subpar acting, but Victory has a certain charm.
Plus Sylvester Stallone is unintentionally hilarious as the American goalie.
August 14, 2010
A fun "sequel" to "the Great Escape", with graceful direction from John Huston and a thrilling soccer match. Often knocked for its acting, but I dare you to find two thespians who square off against each other in a war film better than Michael Caine and Max von Sydow do here. Also of note is a rousing score by Bill Conti.
½ March 24, 2007
Stallone and Michael Caine lead a football team against a nazi propaganda.Its got some great moments and top notch actors.
May 13, 2008
Fun little John Huston (!) picture about WWII prisoners agreeing to a football match. Sylvester Stallone seems a bit out of place, but its enjoyable.
December 28, 2015
Insanely cheesy, completely predictable, but Escape To Victory has a small charm that just makes it bearable.
December 26, 2015
A Nous la Victoire est un film éminemment sympathique de part son duo star, Michael Caine et Sylvester Stallone et par le refus de tomber dans le drame de guerre, gardant constamment sa bonne humeur. Malheureusement, A Nous la Victoire est aussi un film qui garde ses meilleurs moments pour les 30 dernières minutes (le match de football en question) traînant son intrigue inintéressante pendant 90 minutes et qui doit composer avec les footballeurs qui sont de très mauvais acteurs (Pelé en particulier) et les acteurs qui sont de très mauvais footballeurs (Stallone est risible). Le film de John Huston est un divertissement honnête de fin de soirée, mais rien de plus.
½ March 1, 2015
This film can only be described as the great escape with football, the story has been done a few times but i think this was one of the first, it has a great strong cast and some good performances by some top football players and that time, stallone isnt a very convincing keeper but he tries, the match itself was fun with some good skills being shown mostly by pelà (C) the the ending was a little annoying as the match finished in a draw and the way they were meant to escape which took half the film to plan wasnt used and they did it a much easier way but still its a fun movie with a great cast thats very entertaining.
½ November 25, 2014
A good, but not great movie. However, despite its flaws it is quite entertaining.

Interesting idea: Allied POWs in WW2 get to play a soccer (/football...) match against the Germans. As a sub-plot, the soccer match is going to be used as a means to escape.

Escape-from-POW Camp movies are not a novel idea. However, the Allies vs Germans soccer match adds quite an original twist to the concept.

Plot is OK, but not entirely waterproof and does feel quite contrived at times. The good guys vs bad guys stereotypes are laid on rather thick, though Max von Sydow's character adds a bit of balance.

Performances are varied. Many of the actors are actually soccer stars (eg Pele, Bobby Moore - basically the entire Allied team except for Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone) so not there for their acting abilities (except in the penalty area...).

Caine gives a solid performance in the lead role. Stallone is his usual monosyllabic, one-dimensional self. The soccer players probably give better performances than him...

So, overall, has a trite and hammy feel to it. Nowhere near John Huston's best works as a director. However, flows well, never loses momentum and is quite entertaining.
August 16, 2014
I'm going out on a limb and saying this is the greatest war movie, ever made...
November 20, 2012
The wonderful football, the history of The FC star
July 20, 2014
Manages to be both a great war film and an excellent feel-good footy thriller.
½ June 14, 2014
El prestigioso director John Huston se encarga de esta divertida película en la que unos prisoneros de guerra se enfrentan a un partido de fútbol contra los alemanes en plena Segunda Guerra Mundial. ¡Entre los jugadores encontramos a Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone y a Pelé! Este es un cotejo imperdible.
½ December 14, 2012
The combination of Soccer, POW Prison Break, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine made Escape to Victory a film I could not miss at all.

Although the concept of a soccer match against POW soldiers and a prison escape sounds really interesting, Escape to Victory moves at a very slow pace over the course of its 117 minute running time and isn't nearly as exciting as it should be. The problem is that the film spends too much time building up to the final soccer match as well as the intended escape and doesn't really fit all that much interesting in over the course of its approximately 85 minute buildup. Escape to Victory has an interesting premise, but its execution is burdened by slow movement and a lack of feeling that comes with the film. Though it should be intense and interesting, I didn't honestly feel much from Escape to Victory. It didn't feel like it captured the true horrors of the war and its drama lacked a personal touch which means that it wasn't that much of a compelling film either. It is easy to find the film compelling as it is a tale of standing up against the Nazi's and therefore against evil and corrupt people in power, but it isn't too easy to truly feel sympathy for the characters as they are mostly just a lot of soldiers who don't honestly seem to be in any real danger even though as POW camp members they are constantly at risk of execution. I guess what I'm saying is that Escape to Victory isn't one of director John Huston's most meaningful and thoughtful films but rather is a half-hearted effort which isn't as inspiring as it should have been and simply follows a conventional style.
The cinematography in Escape to Victory was a little rough. It constantly took on conventional angles which felt a little too zoomed in for their own good. Although the scenery of the film is strong and good for making the film more believable, it is captured with a very rough camera quality and cinematography techniques which do not break any new ground and simply zoom in on things too much, almost like some kind of new report. Escape to Victory has the visual appeal of news coverage in terms of technical qualities, and this really doesn't benefit it, nor does it make it feel more genuine or compelling in any manner. It doesn't even truly capture the big scale of what is actually going on, nor does it really glamourise the final soccer match scene due to the same reasons. The musical score is the only really strong technical quality, and it isn't capitalised on much when it could have been used which has a lot of random dramatic sequences being essentially empty of any feeling. Frankly, Escape to Victory lacks the depth of a character based film, the heart of a true sports film or the scale of a war film and makes it a simply failure in all three areas.
Escape to Victory has a really interesting story to it because of the fact that it uses as WWII Prisoner of War setting as a medium for its sports story against corruption, but it deserves better treatment than director John Huston gives it. It sounds like a combination of The Great Escape and The Longest Yard on the surface but it is just really dull, slow and over long as a final product, and the victory of the film isn't all that easy to feel except for the most patriotic viewers and biggest fans of association football. As a person not too familiar with it, I really couldn't find all that much appeal in Escape to Victory, and the fact that it attempted to balance many themes without truly establishing a single one correctly rendered it an inconsistent and scattered film which just doesn't have enough consistent entertainment value
Escape from Victory is simply a boring film and isn't a visual experience like a good sports or war film truly should be which means that it doesn't have the strength of numerous films of the same genre and concept. The final soccer match scene is fairly entertaining though, and its themes are good. And all in all, the cast make a good effort to ensure that the intended effect of Escape to Victory is felt in the end.
As expected, Michael Caine is a great heroic lead in Escape to Victory simply because of his natural heroism and the fact that he is a very likable lead, as well as the fact that he makes for an inspiring hero and shares a tense and effective chemistry with Sylvester Stallone at the right times. Michael Caine gives Escape to Victory a touch of the patriotic edge that it really needs, and although it doesn't precisely succeed as much as it wants to, Michael Caine's performance is no problem and proves to be one of the most positive aspects of the film.
Sylvester Stallone's performance is a rather routine effort, but Escape to Victory benefits from his genial presence and the fact that he serves as the symbol of America's patriotism. Sylvester Stallone creates a natural strong presence for Escape to Victory simply because of who he is and how strong he is. His escape scene feels genuine because of how he makes the atmosphere of the story feel realistic, so he is a strong addition to the cast in Escape to Victory.
Max Von Sydow is also naturally strong as a villain, and the presence of Pele as a Soccer hero is awesome because of his awesome heroism as a soccer player.

So despite Escape to Victory having a lot of potential due to the nature of its story and the fact that it combines sporting heroism with the concept of prison escape, it ends up too slow, dull and weak in how it scripts itself to truly soar and be actually heroic and inspiring.
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