Victory (1981)

John Huston directed this exciting World War II action film, which culminates in a rousing soccer game. In a German prisoner of war camp, Major Karl von Steiner (Max Von Sydow), the camp commander, once a member of the German national… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 30, 1981
DVD Release Date: February 24, 1998
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Time Out

Unsatisfactory both for fans of star-studded prison escape dramas and for football fans hoping to see cunningly devised tactics from Pele and his squad of internationals.

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Gavin Bainbridge
Empire Magazine

Huston, showing admirable range in his old age, creates enough on-field magic and nostalgia for the beatiful game as an idyll of now-extinct sportsmanship.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The form of the film is conventional, but the manner in which it has been executed is not.

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A cracking good story and some of the best football action committed to celluloid have made this a Bank Holiday classic.

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Variety Staff

A frankly oldfashioned World War II morality play, hinging on soccer as a civilized metaphor for the game of War.

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TV Guide

Alternately hokey and inspiring.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Luke Baldock
Imagine the brilliance of combining The Great Escape with football. If The Great Escape didn't have you crying manly tears of true awesomeness into a nice… More
Jamie Clarke
This film can only be described as The Great Escape with football, The story has been done a few times but I think this was one of the first, It has a great… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Such a cheesy premise that you have to give it some credit for daring.
Andre Tavares Simoni
Film about Allied prisoners of war who are interned in a German prison camp during World War II and accept the chalenge of a soccer game facing the German… More
xGary Xx
A real oddity in which WWII prisoners of war attempt to hatch an escape plan during an exhibition football match. All the usual feelgood rooting for the… More
David Sayers
Let's be honest, this will never be remembered as one of the great war films. Hell, it's not even a good sports film! This is definitely one of… More