Escape to Victory

Escape to Victory
  • 1981
  • Directed by: John Huston
  • Cast: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow

This WWII football drama is not bad fun, with Caine leading a ragbag team of international footballing POWs (including, preposterously, Sly Stallone) against the Third Reich's finest led with steely menace by the New York Cosmos' Werner Roth. Although the football stars (Pele, Ozzy Ardiles, Bobby Moore) are mostly wooden, Caine and opposite number von Sydow give it customary conviction; but it's films like this that make you wonder why Huston is so well-regarded.

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