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|Sylvester Stallone||Robert Hatch|
|Michael Caine||John Colby|
|Max von Sydow||Maj. Karl Von Steiner|
|Werner Roth||Team Captain Baumann|
|Daniel Massey||Col. Waldron|
|Jurgen Andersen||Propaganda Civilian|
|Osvaldo Ardiles||Carlos Rey|
|Anton Diffring||Chief Commentator|
|Benoit Ferreux||Jean Paul|
|Clive Merrison||The Forger|
|Bobby Moore||Terry Brady|
|Tom Bronson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Bill Conti||Score Composer|
|Jeff Maguire||Original Story|
|Gordon McLendon||Executive Producer|
|Djordje Milicevic||Original Story, Screenwriter|
|Dennis Washington||Production Designer|
|Yabo Yablonsky||Original Story, Screenwriter|
One word; predictable. Director John Huston, Michael Caine and Max von Sydow are the powerhouses behind this film, Pele and the other soccer players also give very good performances as soccer players, Sylvester Stallone on the other hand is the reason that this film is so predictable and he provides a very poor imitation of Steve McQueen from "The Great Escape" who it seems he is desperately trying to imitate.
While overall the film is entertaining and a should be seen by soccer/football fans of the late 70's, it is somewhat beyond belief that the Nazi's would risk such a propaganda coup for the Allied's, with there being any chance of losing a publicly announced tournament, particularly with a black player on the opposing team, Jesse Owens anyone?
Starting from worst to best, Sylvester Stallone as an American, fighting for Canada, trying to fit in and annoying the teams coach Michael Caine. Stallone's self centered personality permeates his character, which calls for true self sacrifice considering that "Hatch" has escaped successfully to France. What is the motivation for coming back? Saving a group of guys that don't seem to like him that much?
Virgil Hilts/Steve McQueen watched his friend crack up and die at the hands of the Nazi's in "The Great Escape", that was his motivation for escaping and being recaptured. While in the US Marines McQueen had saved several fellow Marines during a training exercise, so portraying heroism and sacrifice came naturally. Stallone had that ability in Rocky after emulating another Marine, Chuck Wepner, but Stallone did not call up those required elements for this film, and instead called upon his own personality and character for the role of Robert Hatch, which proved to be lacking.
Pele and the other players do a good job playing themselves, without over playing their roles.
Michael Caine does a good job of playing John Colby the retired player and team coach, who tries to get better treatment and food for his men.
Max von Sydow as Major von Steiner gives a very good performance as a former German National Team player who had played as was beaten by Colby prior to the war. Von Steiner's altruistic behavior comes in direct conflict with the Nazi propaganda machine as his vision of a small match between opposing military units spirals out into a major event between two diametrically opposed ideologies.
Overall I would recommend this film for WWII and soccer buffs for its escapist entertainment value, and John Huston's excellent directing.
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This was a great film with an amazing cast. "Victory" has been one of my many favorite films of all time and I was surprised to find out that several actual soccer players were featured in this film. I also really enjoyed the plot of this film and it had a lot of action and suspense which I also enjoyed as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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