Escape To Victory: A Classic War Film with a Star-Studded Cast
Escape To Victory is a 1981 war film directed by John Huston and starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Max von Sydow, and PelÃ©. The film is based on a true story of a group of Allied prisoners of war who play a soccer match against a German team as a propaganda stunt, while secretly planning to escape from their camp.
The film was released on BluRay in 2012 by AsOri (AtlaN64), a company that specializes in restoring and enhancing old movies. The BluRay version features a 720p resolution, improved audio and video quality, and bonus features such as interviews, trailers, and behind-the-scenes footage.
Escape To Victory is widely regarded as one of the best war films ever made, combining thrilling action, drama, humor, and sports. The film showcases the talents of some of the greatest actors and soccer players of all time, such as Stallone, Caine, von Sydow, PelÃ©, Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, and Kazimierz Deyna. The film also features a memorable score by Bill Conti and a catchy theme song by Hall & Oates.
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The film is loosely based on the true story of FC Start, a soccer team composed of former professional players from Dynamo Kyiv and Lokomotiv Kyiv, who were captured by the Nazis and forced to work in a bakery in occupied Ukraine. The team played several matches against local teams and German soldiers, winning them all. In 1942, they were invited to play a match against a team of Nazi officers in Kiev’s Zenit Stadium, which was dubbed “The Death Match” by the propaganda. The players were warned that if they won, they would be executed. Despite this, they decided to play and won 5-3, defying the Nazis and inspiring the local population. After the match, some of the players were arrested and tortured, and four of them were killed. The surviving players managed to escape and joined the resistance movement.
The film changes several details of the true story, such as the location of the match (Paris instead of Kiev), the nationality of the players (Allied instead of Soviet), and the outcome of the escape (successful instead of tragic). The film also adds a fictional subplot involving Stallone’s character, an American prisoner who becomes the goalkeeper of the team and helps organize the escape plan. The film also features several scenes of soccer training and gameplay, choreographed by PelÃ© and other professional players.
The film was a commercial success, grossing over $27 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast, the soccer scenes, and the entertainment value, but criticized the historical inaccuracies, the clichÃ©s, and the implausibility of some plot points. The film has since gained a cult following among fans of war films and soccer enthusiasts. The film has also been referenced and parodied in several media, such as The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy, and Top Gear.