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Victory (1981)

Michael Caine , Sylvester Stallone , John Huston  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pelé, Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: Djordje Milicevic, Evan Jones, Jeff Maguire, Yabo Yablonsky
  • Producers: Andrew G. Vajna, Annie Fargue, Freddie Fields
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 1998
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304779666
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,006 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Victory" on IMDb

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DVD. Feature film.

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

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Soccer Film Ever October 18, 2000
Despite the obvious knocks on some of the acting, which really isn't bad, and the Hollywood style presentation style of the film, "Victory" is most certainly the greatest soccer film ever, and a real classic.
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific movie November 12, 2002
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"Victory" has the patriotism and under-doggishness of "Rocky" and the locations and style of music (including almost as catchy theme music) of "The Great Escape." "Victory" seems to take much of its style from these two movies, and I would say that fans of either of these movies (especially "Rocky") will find this movie very enjoyable. Sure, it borders between plausible and fantastical, but it's a credit to the directing genius of the legendary John Huston that the tension is sustained and we buy into all of it, getting caught up in the story.
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I think we can win this!" March 21, 2007
By T.A.
This is the greatest sports movie of all time. Sorry to those of us who loved "Hoosiers." This movie is stirring in so many ways. I saw this movie in the theater back in 1981 as a 10 year old who loved American Soccer, and to this day, it still gives me goosebumps. The soccer part of the movie is so insignificant to me now, though.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Spectacular March 17, 2003
I didn't know about this movie, but I bought it based on the Amazon customers' positive reviews. This movie will NOT disappoint.
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 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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