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An inspirational movie set in the late WWII era inside a POW camp, Max Von Sidow, a high-ranking Nazi commandeer, agrees to arrange a "football" match between the POW's and the German national team. This is a propaganda stunt, something which really isn't all that unrealistic considering the Nazi philosophy at the time.
Sylvester Stallone is the star of the film, as the tough American who has an escape plan, but needs to be on the soccer team in order to carry it out. That is arranged through a classic scene in which the real goalkeeper's arm is broken purposely over two bed boards by Michael Cain, a co-star in the film. Cain, of course a Brit POW, is also in on the plan, along with the rest of the team.
A story of human courage and triumph, the inspirational play of the POW football team and the once inconceivable possibility that they can actually win the match against the Nazi's, proves irresistable for the POW's.
The contacts Stallone makes in his brief escape from the camp previously, sets up a half time breakout through the POW team's locker room. Of course when they arrive through the shattered floor of a huge tub via the underground sewer system, Stallone is the first to bail. But would the rest of the team? Will Stallone return to help defeat the Nazi's in a politically charged football match for the ages? You'll have to watch it to find out.
Ultimately this is a great film, the soundtrack is absolutely perfect, the actors and non-actors alike are all very entertaining and the uniquely inspiring storyline makes it an American classic.Read more ›
Don't let the price of this DVD fool you; the video quality is phenomenal. Colors are very vibrant and blacks are pitch black. Buying this DVD (...), I was expecting mediocre-to-decent video quality and was blown away. (...) Perhaps the fact that it was directed by Huston prompted this... or maybe there's just a soccer fan at the WB digital labs. Anyways, I would definitely recommend the purchase of this DVD on the video quality alone. Nothing thrills me more with DVD than to watch a movie in 2.35:1 with a top-notch transfer.
Don't let Sly Stallone's presence in this movie deter you. The movie is directed by the legendary John Huston who made such classic films as "The Maltese Falcon," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre," "The Asphalt Jungle" and "The African Queen," and it's main character is played by world-reknowned actor Michael Caine. Stallone plays the lone American character in the film, and is a dreadful soccer player. He only makes "the team" because he has connections to the French Underground who are trying to help him escape the WWII POW camp he and the other characters are held captive in. He also has a knack for catching the ball...
*** SPOILER ALERT *** (skip this section if you don't want to read a description of the film)
The movie takes place during WWII, and, as other reviewers have stated, the story centers around a game which one of the German Officers decides to sponsor: The German National team vs. "The Allies" (a team made up of mostly English and European-born prisoners). The plot thickens when they decide to hold the game in German-occupied Paris in order to break the spirits of the Allies. The players on the prisoner team don't want Stallone's character to play, but he is their ticket out of prison, so they reluctantly decide to allow him onto the team.
The greatest part of this movie involves the final 30 minutes of the film. The game reaches halftime with the Germans up 4-1.Read more ›
As you get closer and closer to the climax - a soccer match between a ragged bunch of POWs and an elite German national team - you already sense it's going to be something spectacular.
And then the match...the POWs down by 4 goals in front a now quiet and dejected crowd...it is at this point the movie truly lives up to its tagline..."now is the time for heroes"
Get ready for an emotional and stunning fight back.
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Fun,and riveting, this John Huston widescreen prisoner of war movie artfully soars beyond a good story to become an affirmation of life, freedom,courage and goodness. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Marc Swift
This is one of my all-time favorite movies!
Yes it's from the early 80's but if you haven't watched it you're missing out. Read more
For FUTBOL fans..this is the movie! Pele is superb!!! All the other real futbol heroes are wonderful and Sylvester Stallone is hilarious!!!!!Published 3 months ago by Ana L. Hernandez
Wonderful story. First mailing got misspent but got the second one in good time.Published 4 months ago by Shirley Heinen
Saw this movie years ago, I think maybe I was the only one . Being a soccer fan it was great to see some of the older players. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BARBARA OTTER
This was one of my one sons favorite he was a kid. I bought it for him so he can watch it with his son who will soon be starting soccer.Published 4 months ago by Judy
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