#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In World War II, a group of Nazi officers come up with a propaganda event in which an all star Nazi team will play a team composed of Allied Prisoners of War in a Soccer (Football) game. The Prisoners agree, planning on using the game as a means of escape from the camp.
Plot: A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.
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Decent Movie Featuring Terrific Football
If the part where the football match takes place was omitted, “Victory” would be a “5 stars out of 10” film. The reason is that although it features two very good actors (Michael Caine – Max von Sydow), there is not much to stand out: A rather incredulous WW2 plot, an average acting (what could you expect from professional footballers or from Stallone?), and a simply decent direction, produce an average result. Thankfully, there is more than that, as I will explain in more detail later.
“Victory” is about some inmates in a WW2 prison camp, who have a passion for soccer. Captain J. Colby (Caine), a former footballer, is the leading figure in the camp matches that take place. One day, he is spotted by football-fan Major Steiner (Max von Sydow) who proposes him the idea of organizing a match between allied POWs vs. Germans. Colby agrees, as he believes this will be a great morale-booster and a chance for better prison conditions for those involved; however, more senior inmates are skeptical, as they believe this will be a propaganda stunt for the Germans. In the end, they also concur but only after they have convinced the team’s goalie Capt. Hatch (Stallone) to arrange the team’s escape during the match. The difficulty is that both Colby and his team are more interested in this game than in their freedom, so they are hesitant on what they should finally do…
As I said, the movie is just watchable during its first part. And yet, when we start to watch the Allied – Germans match, things get much better: We watch terrific football from stars such as Pele, Ardiles, and Bobby Moore, with scenes such as Pele’s goal being memorable to all sports fans. Of course, if you are not into soccer, then perhaps you won’t get that excited (although the spectacle can be exciting for non-fans, too). But if you like the King of Sports, then you will certainly enjoy this film. 7/10.
“Take me out from the ball game”
The script of this unusual war/escape movie was nothing special, and neither was the acting. Not surprising about the latter since half the performers weren’t actually experienced actors. However I loved every minute of it, and thought it was great fun and terrific entertainment. Of course there are those who won’t quite see it that way and will dismiss it out of hand. And they’d be perfectly sane to do so. Everything about “Victory” (aka “Escape to Victory” in the UK) says it’s one to leave well alone.
Even if you disregard the lack of aesthetic qualities, and tut-tut over the reality of it all, it’s worth watching if only to see again a few of the great past-masters of what the Brits like to call “the beautiful game” (i.e. soccer). And Sylvester Stallone as a goalkeeper is something to behold.
As far as escape stories go this is about as original as they get, but even here it’s possible to see plundering from other story lines, i.e “The Great Escape”, “The Password is Courage”, “Albert RN”, to name but three, and as at least one reviewer has pointed out, the music is extremely reminiscent of the first one.
One of my favourites snippets is that of the Nazi sports commentator, portrayed by Anton Diffring, that stalwart of war movies, broadcasting his gramophone record of enthusiastic crowd applause, when in “reality” the whole stadium was as quiet as the grave.
I think this is one of those rare occasions, if taken in the right vein, when a bad movie can be a crowd pleaser. Forget the war pundits, the realists and the purists. Just enjoy the movie for what it is. Tremendous fun!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 56 min (116 min)
Genre Drama, Sport, War
Director John Huston
Writer Yabo Yablonsky (story), Djordje Milicevic (story), Jeff Maguire (story), Evan Jones (screenplay), Yabo Yablonsky (screenplay)
Actors Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Pelé, Bobby Moore
Country UK, USA, Italy
Awards 1 win & 1 nomination.
Production Company Lorimar Film Entertainment
Sound Mix Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Lenses and Panaflex Camera by Panavision
Laboratory Metrocolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,215 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm