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.<br><br>"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...<br><br>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.
Action / Drama
Action / Drama
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.
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