Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week…

Sly and the Family Stallone News for the Week…

“Rocky” & “Victory” Make List of 30 Best Sports Movies of All Time

Rolling Stone posted their choices for the 30 Best Sports Movies of All Time.  Sly made the list twice…

2. Rocky (1976)
Hey, remember when Rocky Balboa wasn’t considered an example of lunkheaded Reagan-era jingoism, but rather a soulful, working-class underdog? There’s a reason the original Rocky won a Best Picture Oscar: It’s a surprisingly lived-in, sensitive drama about a broken-down boxer who gets one last, very unlikely chance to prove himself against the World Heavyweight Champion, played by a wonderful Carl Weathers (just because you’re a nemesis doesn’t mean you can’t have a soul). Those hang-dog eyes, that sensuous mouth, that shrinking demeanor, even his characteristically slurred speech – there’s something so noble about this very human bruiser, and the then-unknown Stallone, who also won an Oscar for the screenplay, must have seemed like such a revelation. And if you want sports-movie symbolism, you could not do better than the driven, determined Rocky going for round after round with the red-white-and-blue clad Creed – the American dream as Sisyphean beat-down. BE

21.  Victory (1981)
Based on the Hungarian film Two Half Times in Hell, director John Huston’s potboiler stars Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, and Brazilian superstar Pele as WWII POWs who’re going to use a match against the Germans as an opportunity to escape. Everything is ready to proceed as planned — and then the players wonder if they can actually do more good by beating the Nazis on the pitch. The football-ignorant Stallone may be a surrogate for all the early 1980s Americans who were just starting to learn more about “the beautiful game.” But watching the legendary Pele display his footwork on the field (that bicycle kick!), you almost believe the soccer god could have singlehandedly stopped Hitler’s troops in their tracks. NM

“Victory” Scores Again

On February 7, 2015, The Sunday Express posted their top five soccer films in a piece by Stefan Kyriazis.  Here’s what they said about Escape to Victory:

Escape To Victory (1981)

Bizarre late 1970s teaming of footballing superstars (Pele, Bobby Moore), Hollywood stars (Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone) and Ipswich Town players as a ragtag team of POWs taking on the Nazis in an exhibition match.

Stallone stars as the goalie.

When he asked if he could score the winning goal in the final match, someone had to explain that it wouldn’t really work that way in real life.

A Hollywood remake of the film is on the cards.

Crowining Mr. Sports Movies

On April 9, 2014, Yahoo! Movies took a look at which actor had played the most sports roles in their piece Crowining Mr. Sports Movies by Brian Enk.

Had they counted each Rocky movie individually (as I think they should have) then Sly would have easily come in first.  At any rate, here’s what the said about him…

—Sylvester Stallone: If we were to tally sports movies as a whole, including sequels, the Italian Stallion would be our champ, with six entries as boxer Rocky Balboa in the “Rocky” movies. Sly’s other sports movie credits include “Death Race 2000” (1975), in which he played deadly cross country racer Machine Gun Joe Viterbo; “Paradise Alley” (1978), in which he played Cosmo Corboni, one of three brothers trying to play the wrestling game in 1940s NYC; “Victory” (1981), in which he played a soccer goalie for the Allied forces as they face off against a German team at a WWII prison camp; “Over the Top” (1986), the greatest arm-wrestling movie ever made; “Driven” (2001), in which he plays former CART champion and car racing mentor Joe Tanto; and “Grudge Match” (2013), in which he plays former boxing champ Henry “Razor” Sharp.

5 Other Stallone Characters That Need a TV Show

On August 22, 2013, Television Without Pity posted 5 Other Sylvester Stallone Characters That Need a TV Show.
When I clicked over to the article I thought I’d see Cobra, Demolition Man, and other of Sly’s action characters.  Boy, was I wrong.  Ethan Alter instead went with…
  1. Robert Hatch from Victory
  2. Nick Martinelli from Rhinestone
  3. Lincoln Hawk from Over the Top
  4. Sylvester Stallone from Burn, Hollywood, Burn
  5. Joe the Lion from Zookeeper
Props to Alter for thinking out of the box.

Escapism with Pelé and Stallone…

On May 11, 2013, The Copenhagen Post ran a piece by Bjarke Smith-Meyer called, Escapism with Pele and Stallone on the Set of a Cult Classic.   Here are some tidbits…

  • “That bicycle kick took forever,” he (Søren Lindsted) said, rolling his eyes. “We spent hours trying to get it to work. In the end we just had cut it into sequences and put it together in the editing room. Pelé ended up having to just throw the ball up in the air and do the bicycle kick that way. Anything else would have been impossible.”
  • Stallone, despite being a staunch Everton fan, had never kicked a football in his life prior to filming. Nor did he understand the dynamics of the game. According to an interview with Ipswich player John Walk, the American wanted his character to score the winning goal at the end of the film − despite him being the goalkeeper.
  • “I suppose he (Stallone) was the big star given his recent success with ‘Rocky’ at the time,” Lindsted said. “He’d show up on set with three to four bodyguards and kept his distance most of the time. He even had a separate table where he ate with his entourage during lunch. If we ever ventured too close, we’d be asked to quickly move on. But then he was the star. Everything revolved around him.”
  • “He (Stallone) would always be very focused and intense on set,” Lindsted said.


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