“Victory” Scores Again

On April 20, 2010, The Spoiler posted the piece The Spoiler’s 10 Best Movies About FootballVictory made the cut and here’s what they had to say about it:

Once a Christmas staple, Escape to Victory literally has it all – Sly Stallone playing some kind of John the Baptist figure, preempting the later surge of US goalkeepers into the UK. Britain’s greatest living actor – Michael Caine – putting in the thirteenth or fourteenth best performance of his entire career. And moving turns from Pele, Bobby Moore, and Ossie Ardiles. It’s the old story of prisoners putting one over on the baddies, with the help of Rambo in goal. Uplifting.

You can see the original trailer for Victory and read the entire article by going here.

“Victory” for “Rocky”

On April 17, 2009, The National Post listed their choices for the Top Ten Sports Movies of All Time. Any guesses who had two films make the list?  That’s right, Sly“Victory” came in at number 8 and “Rocky” was #1.  Here’s what they had to say about each film:

8. Victory!

Pele and Sylvester Stallone in the same movie? Count me in, though what I mostly remember about this is trying to watch it on HBO with my father as his snoring pretty much drowned out everything that either men said.

1. Rocky

His whole life was a million to one shot. This movie was so good that they tried making it a million more times. I heard Stallone wrote nearly 100 drafts of the original Rocky script. There’s a reason it one best picture, I guess.

You can read the who article by clicking here.

Another “Victory” Victory

The DailyRecord.co.uk reports that “Victory” has again been voted the all time best football [aka soccer] movie.  Here’s what they had to say about the movie:

ESCAPE To Victory has been voted the best football movie of all time by film fans.

The star-studded World War II drama told the story of a team of allied prisoners of war forced to take on the German national squad in a showpiece propaganda match.

But they turn the tables by using the event to plot an escape bid.

The cast featured movie stars Michael Caine and Sylvester Stallone, alongside a host of football heroes, including Pele, Bobby Moore, Ossie Ardiles and Scotland’s own John Wark.

The 1981 movie topped a poll of more than 1000 members of DVD rental website LOVEFiLM.com to mark the cinema release today of Brian Clough biopic The Damned United.

You can read the full article here.

“Victory” Honored

On Janauary 29, 2009, Mirror.co.uk listed their choices for the Five Best Football Movies of All Time.  Victory was listed in the top spot.  Here’s what they had to say:

Any football film starring Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles and Pelé deserves to top this list.   Escape To Victory is a classic football flick that sees our heroes getting one over on the Germans while playing some very attractive football. The plot may be wafer thin and some of the acting wooden, but it’s compelling viewing for any football fan.

You can read the full piece here.

POW – “Victory”

Our POW [Picture of the Week] of Sly comes to us from my collection. It’s a rare shot from Sly as Hatch from Victory.

I’ve always been surprised that when I talk to folks who aren’t really big Sly fans, that almost all of them always mention how much they liked him in Victory.
– Craig

POW – “Victory”

Our POW [Picture of the Week] of Sly comes to us from my collection. It’s a rare shot from Sly as Hatch from Victory.

I just got back into town from a quick weekend trip and I’m beat. I apologize that the update isn’t bigger. If I get a chance I’ll post more before next weekend. If not, expect a great update next weekend… pics of the new Rocky toys… more art… and more news.

– Craig

POW – “Victory”

Our POW [Picture of the Week] of Sly comes to us from my collection. It’s a rare shot from Sly during the filming of Victory.

I don’t know why, but this picture made me think how cool it would be to see a shot of Rocky after a tough fight, looking like he had been in a war, standing in front of a poster advertising the bout.

– Craig


Jazzman sent in this pic and the following: Craig, I found a cool article in the current (UK edition Volume 3 Number 1) issue of HOTDOG ‘the movie magazine’ on Stallone’s VICTORY entitled ‘JACKROOTS FOR GOALPOSTS, THE MAKING OF ESCAPE TO VICTORY’. Here are some excerpts…

John Houston has made better films than Escape To Victory: The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, Moby Dick, The African Queen, Fat City.. bit it’s doubtful the writer/actor/director/cinematographer/bullfighter/ Mexican cavalry officer ever made a film that was as much fun as this soccer opus.

That the film still enjoys a cult status can’t be entirely attributed to schoolboy nostalgia, however. Amore probable reason for the public’s sustained affection is the films relationship with the granddaddy of all POW movies, The Great Escape.


Caine and co-star Stallone made the most of their weekends off. “We used to get away together when ever we could,” said Caine. “We would race ot the airport on Friday night waving our credit cards and shouting: ‘When’s the next plane out- to anywhere? ‘ Usually it was Paris or London. We’d go eating, drinking and falling down a lot.”

– Craig Zablo (02/03/02)
Thanks to Jazzman for sharing!

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