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Fans of The Great Escape and The Longest Yard will cheer venerable director John Huston's rousing 1981 adventure that pits Allied prisoners of war against their German captors in a soccer match. Michael Caine, who starred in Huston's The Man Who Would Be King, heads an international all-star cast as true-Brit John Colby, a former soccer champion, who heads the rag-tag squad. Max Von Sydow costars as the humane German officer who proposes the match, improbably staged for maximum propaganda impact in a stadium in Paris. As the Allied team, which includes real-life soccer legends Pele and Bobby Moore, practices, the officers' only goal is an audacious half-time escape. Sylvester Stallone is somewhat out of his league as the American determined to join the team. As an actor, Pele may not be on the same playing field as his Oscar-winning costars, but he is thrilling to watch as he executes some awesome, game-winning kicks. --Donald Liebenson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Sylvester StalloneCaptain Robert Hatch
Michael CaineCapt. John Colby
PeléCpl. Luis Fernandez
Bobby MooreTerry Brady
Osvaldo ArdilesCarlos Rey
Paul Van HimstMichel Fileu
Kazimierz DeynaPaul Wolchek
Hallvar ThoresenGunnar Hilssen
Mike SummerbeeSid Harmor
Co PrinsPieter van Beck
Russell OsmanDoug Clure
John WarkArthur Hayes
Søren LindstedErik Ball
Kevin O'CallaghanTony Lewis
Max von SydowMajor Karl Von Steiner
Gary WaldhornMueller
George MikellKommandant
Laurie SivellSchmidt
Arthur BraussLutz
Robin TurnerPlayer
Michael WolfLang
David ShawyerStrauss
Werner RothBaumann
AmidouAndre
Benoît FerreuxJean Paul
Jean-François StéveninClaude
Jack LenoirGeorges
Zoltán GeraViktor
Carole LaureRenee
Tim Pigott-SmithRose
Julian CurryShurlock
Clive MerrisonThe Forger
Maurice RoevesPyrie
Michael CochraneFarrell
Jack KendrickWilliams
Daniel MasseyColonel Waldron
Anton DiffringChief Commentator

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: John Huston
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 116 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 30, 1981
    JapanDec 19, 1981
    AustraliaNov 12, 1981
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
  • Also known as:
  • Escape to Victory in Europe
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