Escape To Victory

Escape to Victory

John Huston (1981)

A Certificate


Our Score
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.


Allied PoWs take to the football field when a group of Nazi officers comes up with the idea to have them take on a German team for a propaganda event. However, the prisoners see a chance to escape during the match. Second World War adventure, with Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow and Daniel Massey. Soccer legends also making appearances include Pele, Bobby Moore and Ossie Ardiles.

Cast & Crew

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
Director John Huston
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray