Victory

1981

Victory

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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 propaganda effect by the Nazi publicity machine. Robert Hatch (Sylvester Stallone) is enlisted to assist the Allied prisoners to train for the event. But, in fact, the Allies are planning a risky escape during the soccer match. Famed Brazilian soccer great Pele makes an appearance in the film, along with Bobby Moore, the captain of Britain's 1966 World Cup champions, and Argentine soccer star Osvaldo Ardiles. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Cast

Sylvester Stallone
as Capt. Robert Hatch
Michael Caine
as Capt. John Colby
Max von Sydow
as Major Karl von Steiner
Pelé
as Luis Fernandez
Bobby Moore
as Terry Brady
Paul Van Himst
as Michel Fileu
Osvaldo Ardiles
as Carlos Rey
Kazimierz Deyna
as Paul Wolchek
Hallvar Thorensen
as Gunnar Hilsson
Mike Summerbee
as Sid Harmor
Co Prins
as Pieter Van Beck
Russell Osman
as Doug Clure
John Wark
as Arthur Hayes
Soren Linsted
as Erik Borge
Gary Waldhorn
as Coach Mueller
George Mikell
as Kommandant
Jurgen Andersen
as Propaganda Civilian
Werner Roth
as Team Captain Baumann
Amidou
as Andre
Benoît Ferreux
as Jean Paul
Jack Lenoir
as Georges
Julian Curry
as Shurlock
Clive Merrison
as The Forger
Jack Kendrick
as Williams
Daniel Massey
as Col. Waldron
Anton Diffring
as Chief Commentator
Capacci Eolo
as Italian
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

  • 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.

    Aug 13, 2010 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The form of the film is conventional, but the manner in which it has been executed is not.

    Aug 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A frankly oldfashioned World War II morality play, hinging on soccer as a civilized metaphor for the game of War.

    Aug 13, 2010 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Aug 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A cracking good story and some of the best football action committed to celluloid have made this a Bank Holiday classic.

    Aug 13, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Alternately hokey and inspiring.

    Aug 13, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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