7. Escape To Victory (1981)

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6.3 Cheesy and silly
  • Acting 6.5
  • Directing 6.3
  • Story 6
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Starring: Michael Caine, Pelé, Sylvester Stallone

Director: John Huston

Running Time: 117 mins

Escape To Victory is an American movie about a team of POWs in a Nazi camp who create an escape plan by staging a football (soccer) match between Allied prisoners and Nazi soldiers.

This was a weird film, and it was in the end as cheesy as I expected, seeing as it had Sylvester Stallone in it, who appeared to be a very random choice to act in a film such as this, as was Pelé, as I’m sure that the Brazilians weren’t involved on the Western Front at all during World War II until they joined in in 1945.

However, Michael Caine was the perfect actor for the captain of a football team against the Nazis; it’s as if he was born to play this role, and he did it well.

The film was pretty weak overall, and there was no real sense of support for the POWs, which I expected to feel, but it was quite enjoyable to watch such a cheesy film, plus it was about football, and that’s always interesting!

So this gets 6.3 because it was in fact entertaining, and a relatively unique story, although in effect completely predictable, but it was a bit boring at points in truth.

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The Mad Movie Man, AKA Anthony Cullen, writes articles and reviews about movies and the world of cinema. Since January 1st, 2013, he has watched and reviewed a movie every day. This is the blog dedicated to the project: www.madmovieman.com