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

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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  • 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
  • This adventure story offers an epic possibility that John Huston knew how to develop to the max. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Aug 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Victory

  • Mar 01, 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 at the time, Stallone isn't a very convincing keeper but he tries, The match itself was fun with some good skills being shown mostly by Pele, 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 wasn't used and they did it a much easier way but still it's a fun movie with a great cast that's very entertaining.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 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.
    Andre T Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 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.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 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.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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