Escape to Victory, known simply as Victory in North America, is a 1981 film about Allied prisoners of war who are interned in a German prison camp during World War II. The film was directed by John Huston and stars Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone and Max von Sydow.
The film received great attention upon its theatrical release, as it also starred football superstars Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Kazimierz Deyna, Paul Van Himst and Pelé. Numerous Ipswich Town F.C. players were also in the film, including John Wark, Russell Osman, Laurie Sivell, Robin Turner and Kevin O’Callaghan. The script was written by Yabo Yablonsky.
During World War II, some Swiss inspectors inspect one of the camps. One of the Germans accompanying them sees that the inmates play football (soccer). When he recognizes one of the men, Colby, as a former player for England, he suggests that his men play against a team of Germans.
Colby agrees provided that his players be provided with certain amenities. At the same time, one of the prisoners, an American, Hatch, is planning to escape. His plan hits a snag because of the football game. He joins the team because it’s the only way his plan can work.
The officers at the camp want Hatch to go to Paris, where the game will be held, so that he can contact the underground and see if its possible for the team to escape. Hatch succeeds and after meeting them, Hatch must be recaptured so that he can inform the team of the plan. Unfortunately the Germans are keeping him in isolation and match day is approaching.
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