Escape to Victory

  • PG
  • John Huston (1981)
  • US
  • 111 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Blessed with one of the silliest scripts in recent memory, this is a triumph of pre-production planning. Can you imagine what this corny prisoner-of-war picture would have been like if producer Freddie Fields had not secured the services of Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow and a squad of international footballing legends (including Pelé, Bobby Moore and Osvaldo Ardiles)? It's pretty obvious that director John Huston didn't quite know what to make of it all, but his sure touch and Pelé's football choreography turn this into a rousing romp, made all the more enjoyable by the shocking performances of the players. It's escapist entertainment in every sense.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Pelé. As a propaganda stunt, the Nazis arrange a football match between the national German team and a squad made up of prisoners of war. However, the PoW team see the game as a chance to attempt an audacious escape.

Cast and crew

Cast

Robert Hatch
Sylvester Stallone
John Colby
Michael Caine
Luis Fernandez
Pelé
Terry Brady
Bobby Moore
Carlos Rey
Osvaldo Ardiles
Michel Fileu
Paul Van Himst
Paul Wolchek
Kazimierz Deyna
Gunnar Hilsson
Hallvar Thorensen
Sid Harmor
Mike Summerbee
Pieter Van Beck
Co Prins
Doug Clure
Russell Osman
Arthur Hayes
John Wark
Erik Borge
Soren Linsted
Tony Lewis
Kevin O'Calloghan
Major Karl Von Steiner
Max von Sydow
Coach Mueller
Gary Waldhorn
Baumann
Werner Roth
Colonel Waldron
Daniel Massey
Rose
Tim Pigott-Smith
Shurlock
Julian Curry
Forger
Clive Merrison
Pyrie
Maurice Roëves
Commentator
Anton Diffring

Crew

Director
John Huston

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Warner Home Video Ltd
Categories
Drama

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