Escape to Victory
ESCAPE TO VICTORY (aka VICTORY) (PG)
D: John Huston
Lorimar (Freddie Fields)
USA 🇺🇸 1981
W: Evan Jones & Yabo Yablonsky [based on the screenplay "Two Half Times in Hell" by Zoltán Fabri]
DP: Gerry Fisher
Ed: Robert Silvi
Mus: Bill Conti
PD: J. Dennis Washington
Michael Caine (Capt. John Colby), Sylvester Stallone (Capt. Robert Hatch), Max Von Sydow (Maj. Karl von Steiner), Pelé (Luis Fernandez), Bobby Moore (Terry Brady), Osvaldo Ardiles (Carlos Rey)
Prisoners at a POW camp are ordered to organise a football match between themselves and the guards for the sake of German Propaganda, but use the event as a front to hatch an escape plan.
The novelty of using real football players in the cast sets this aside from other Great Escape wannabes, but it's all ridiculously cheesy and can't be taken seriously at all, especially when some of the world's soccer stars leave much to be desired with their attempts at acting.
Seen as a classic in Britain, when it's on UK TV screens every Christmas. In truth, it's nothing more than a guilty pleasure film and there's nothing wrong with that.