Escape to Victory (1981)

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John Huston directs Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone and Pele in this World War II set Nazis versus Prisoners of War football match “bank holiday afternoon classic.”

Like Scarface or The Matrix this is a favourite movie of people who don’t really like movies. The equivalent of someone saying Genesis or Coldplay is their favourite band. It is lacklustre but inoffensive. Any real terms stakes established are obliterated by the cop out happy ending. Yeah, just let em wander out among the crowd. No bullets fired. I’m pretty sure the Nazis were a bit more brutal and efficient than that, even Bank Holiday Movie Nazis. Aside from Pele, I’m not even sure the footie on display is even all that good. A Sunday League The Great Escape. As such my overly generous sentiment after enduring this again is that it is nice they are trying to match the Premier League but you wouldn’t go out of your way to watch it.

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