Reviewed byBorn2BeMildVote: 8/10/10
Any football fans out there? If you haven't seen Escape To Victoryeither at Christmas, when it is usually on at a ridiculous time of themorning, or hired/bought it on DVD then you are really missing out.
There is a fair amount of disbelief suspending that needs to take placebefore you settle down. But, if you can numb your brain to the idea ofMicheal Caine playing professional football or indeed, SylvesterStallone doing the same in goal, you're in for a treat.
As a football fan, it was a real thrill to see the great Bobby Moorekicking a ball in anger and, against the Germans too (remember what Isaid about suspending disbelief).
OK, it isn't the greatest film ever made. But it isn't supposed to be.It's a bit of bubblegum that is just supposed to kill a couple ofhours. A feat the movie accomplishes handsomely.
I defy any football fan not to cheer when the goals go in or to cursewhen the Germans do well. Similarly, try and stifle your guffaws whenyou see Mr Caine trying to look like he knows what he's supposed to bedoing. Is it just me or does he become more cockney when he tries toconvey excitement in any of his roles?? Probably one of England's moreone dimensional acting talents.
If you don't enjoy it, you're missing the point of it. Nobody will everforget horror of war, it's ingrained. That isn't what this film isabout although it does have a stab at giving the viewer a clue aboutthe life of a POW in WWII.
No, the film is about entertainment. And, on that level, it's one ofthe good ones.
Reviewed byaegmVote: 8/10/10
I was looking through the action collection at the video store and trying tofind something that might interest my husband and myself, a daunting task. When I picked up Victory, I thought 'why not?' as it has Max Von Sydow whowe both enjoy. The fact that it had Michael Caine was an added bonus. Besides I wanted to know what kind of film could have those two ANDSylvester Stallone. Somehow I couldn't picture Stallone playing footballwith the Europeans, at least not doing it well. I was right. Stallonecouldn't play, but it didn't matter because that was part of the shtick forthe character.
I'll admit that there were a couple of places where the plot was ratherpredictable and places where I simply thought it was completelyunbelievable. However, all in all I would recommend this movie. It's funand, at times, touching.
Reviewed byjcanettisVote: 7/10/10
If the part where the football match takes place was omitted, "Victory"would be a "5 stars out of 10" film. The reason is that although itfeatures two very good actors (Michael Caine - Max von Sydow), there isnot much to stand out: A rather incredulous WW2 plot, an average acting(what could you expect from professional footballers or fromStallone?), and a simply decent direction, produce an average result.Thankfully, there is more than that, as I will explain in more detaillater.
"Victory" is about some inmates in a WW2 prison camp, who have apassion for soccer. Captain J. Colby (Caine), a former footballer, isthe leading figure in the camp matches that take place. One day, he isspotted by football-fan Major Steiner (Max von Sydow) who proposes himthe idea of organizing a match between allied POWs vs. Germans. Colbyagrees, as he believes this will be a great morale-booster and a chancefor better prison conditions for those involved; however, more seniorinmates are skeptical, as they believe this will be a propaganda stuntfor the Germans. In the end, they also concur but only after they haveconvinced the team's goalie Capt. Hatch (Stallone) to arrange theteam's escape during the match. The difficulty is that both Colby andhis team are more interested in this game than in their freedom, sothey are hesitant on what they should finally do...
As I said, the movie is just watchable during its first part. And yet,when we start to watch the Allied - Germans match, things get muchbetter: We watch terrific football from stars such as Pele, Ardiles,and Bobby Moore, with scenes such as Pele's goal being memorable to allsports fans. Of course, if you are not into soccer, then perhaps youwon't get that excited (although the spectacle can be exciting fornon-fans, too). But if you like the King of Sports, then you willcertainly enjoy this film. 7/10.
In World War II, a group of Nazi officers come up with a propaganda event in which an all star Nazi team will play a team composed of Allied Prisoners of War in a Soccer (Football) game. The Prisoners agree, planning on using the game as a means of escape from the camp.