Victory

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • UPC: 883929155323
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,708

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvester Stallone Robert Hatch
Michael Caine John Colby
Max von Sydow Maj. Karl Von Steiner
Pelé Luis Fernandez
Werner Roth Team Captain Baumann
Carole Laure Renee
Daniel Massey Col. Waldron
Gary Waldhorn Mueller
George Mikell Kommandant
Amidou Andre
Jurgen Andersen Propaganda Civilian
Osvaldo Ardiles Carlos Rey
Arthur Brauss Lutz
Julian Curry Shurlock
Anton Diffring Chief Commentator
Benoit Ferreux Jean Paul
Zoltan Gera Viktor
Jack Lenoir Georges
Clive Merrison The Forger
Bobby Moore Terry Brady
Maurice Roeves Pyrie
Jean-François Stévenin Claude
Michael Wolf Lang
Tim Pigott-Smith Rose
Michael Cochrane Farrell
Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Tom Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Conti Score Composer
Freddie Fields Producer
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Evan Jones Screenwriter
Jeff Maguire Original Story
Gordon McLendon Executive Producer
Djordje Milicevic Original Story, Screenwriter
Pelé Consultant/advisor
Roberto Silvi Editor
Dennis Washington Production Designer
Yabo Yablonsky Original Story, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Victory
1. Prologue [5:20]
2. An Interruption [5:00]
3. Colby's Terms [2:46]
4. Hatch's Terms [1:59]
5. Game or Important [3:39]
6. Colby's Dream Team [6:24]
7. Escapee's Profile [2:42]
8. New Trainer [3:35]
9. A Team is Formed [5:37]
10. Eastern Teammates [3:19]
11. Goalie Potential? [2:20]
12. Hatch's Assignment [3:12]
13. Escape Underway [3:53]
14. Outside the Gate [5:25]
15. Our Man in Paris [3:59]
16. Safe With Hatch [3:58]
17. A Head Short [1:52]
18. Crazy Yank Returns [6:06]
19. A Broken Arm [1:58]
20. Destination Paris [8:15]
21. Spectacle Starts [4:27]
22. Hard-Luck 1st Half [10:00]
23. Rescuers Below [1:57]
24. "We Can Win" [1:02]
25. 2nd-Half Reversal [3:10]
26. Disallowed [1:49]
27. Fancy Footwork [3:05]
28. Last-Minute Foul [1:51]
29. The Final Kick [1:30]
30. Roar of the Crowd [2:18]
31. Cast/End Credits [3:48]
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Disc #1 -- Victory
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      Cast & Crew
      Fate Brings "Victory" to Stallone
      Stallone's Goalkeeper Preparation
      Other Soccer Stars
      On Location
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Soundtracks: English
      Soundtracks: Français
      Subtitles: English
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Pretty good WWII POW Fantasy

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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