Escape to Victory

Escape to Victory

John Huston (1981)

PG 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

John Colby Michael Caine
Robert Hatch Sylvester Stallone
Maj Karl Von Steiner Max von Sydow
Col Waldron Daniel Massey
Luis Fernandez Pele
Terry Brady Bobby Moore
Carlos Rey Ossie Ardiles
Sid Harmor Mike Summerbee
Doug Clure Russell Osman
Arthur Hayes John Wark
Director John Huston
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Other Information

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