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Victory (1981, United States)

Victory Escape to Victory 1981

Original title: Escape to Victory

Running time: 115 minutes

Language: English / German / French

During World War 2 in one of the prisoner of war camp German officer recognizes among the prisoners a man that he met before the war. They met on the soccer field - British officer is John Colby, who before war was one of the top English soccer players. Colby remembers him, although now his career is already over. But the German sees it as opportunity to settle the score with Colby, he proposes to set up a friendly game - German guards team against the eleven prisoners chosen by Colby. Englishman hesitates, but begins the negotiations - he wants a separate block for his players, extra food rations and time to train them. In a sportsmanship spirit the German agrees. The first clash between them takes place when Colby demands that few of the Slavic players would be part of his team. But Polish, Czech, Russian or Ukrainian prisoners are the scum of the Earth for Germans and the commandant is reluctant to agree.

Soon the high rank British officers decide to get involved in the whole idea - they want Colby to use the opportunity that the game creates to help with the plan to escape for some of the prisoners. Especially American captain Hatch is keen to be part of the team, although he knows literally nothing about football. When the news about the planned match spreads around the German propaganda machine gets involved - they change the venue to stadium in Paris and instead of just guards from the camp they want to prepare a team of the best players in whole army. Nazis wants to use the game to show how superior their race is comparing to rest of the world.

Classic war film that uses soccer as the base of the whole story about the sportsmanship, fair play and how they quickly disappear when war begins. Great cast, that included top soccer players of the 1970s, in the entertaining and uplifting story.

Our rating

7.6 / 10

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Soccer scenes

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