Synopsis: This is no ordinary soccer match. This is war! The battlefield: a stadium in occupied Paris. the armies: German all stars vs. ragtag Allied POWs. the objective: demonstrate another "proof" of Aryan superiority. Guess who wins? Better yet, guess who cleverly uses the match as a means of escape?
Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Max von Sydow star in this rouser directed by the legendary John Huston. The climactic match is a heart-in-the-throat, hat-in-the-air exhibition of brute force and balletic grace featuring soccer legends Pele, Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Co Prins, Mike summerbee and more. Score a splendid entertainment goal for Victory
Run Time: 116 Minutes
Director: John Huston
Dvd Extra's: Cast and Crew, Fate Brings "Victory" to Stallone, Stallone's Goalkeeper Preparation, Other Soccer Stars, On Location, Theatrical Trailer, Soundtrack: English or Francais, Subtitles: English - Francis - Espanol, Recommendations.
Nudity Factor: None
Of Note: The movie was inspired by an actual series of games in Kiev, during the German occupation of the city. Several members of Dynamo Kiev, the top soccer team in Ukraine, found work in a bakery. There they formed a soccer team with other bakery employees. They began playing in a new league against teams supported by the Ukranian puppet government and German military. After they beat a team from a local German Air Force base, the league was disbanded and several of the team members arrested by the Gestapo and four were executed.
This film is loosely based on events that happened in World War II. The Germans feel that by putting a group of international superstars together and have the German team beat them will prove German superiority. From a soccer stand point you don't get a whole lot except some good clips of Pele. Pele designed all soccer scenes but it seems as if they filmed hours of soccer footage and spliced it together. Stallone has never been a very good actor and this film once again proves that. I did for the most part like this film but I am not sure if it is because of the historical aspect or because it is soccer based. If you like soccer and history you should check this film out. Anybody else should rent this if they want to check it out.