In World War II, a group of Nazi officers come up with a propaganda event in which an all star Nazi team will play a team composed of Allied Prisoners of War in a Soccer (Football) game. The prisoners agree, planning on using the game as a means of escape from the camp. —IMDb
Adventure in many forms is the theme of many of John Huston’s films. His characters are constantly searching for “the stuff that dreams are made of” (the famous closing-line of his debut film The Maltese Falcon). Huston glorified this chase despite its frequent disillusionment and false promise, since it represented a flight from the complacent virtues of ordinary life. Like Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Conrad, Huston regarded civilization as a false surface which thinly veiled a hostile nature. Only those who lived at the edge, on the margins of society were regarded by Huston as fellow travellers. In films as diverse as The Treasure of Sierra Madre, The Asphalt Jungle and Under the Volcano, Huston celebrated men who circled the abyss; characters who are driven to plunge head first into the void.
The son of the great theatre and film actor Walter Huston (who would win an Oscar under his son’s direction for his role in The Treasure of Sierra Madre) and crime journalist Rhea Gore… read more
Lame star vehicle that was hard to believe was from the great John Huston. This and 'Phobia' seemed like the end of an amazing career then he surprised us with 'Under the Volcano' and 'Prizzi's Honor' thank god. 'Victory' if anything just seems to trivialize the war and becomes less and less logical/believable as it goes along. Perormances are uniformily awful and film failed in makng Pele a movie star. The pits.
Another curiosity in John Huston's filmography. The screenplay is very thin if we put aside the soccer theme. So let's focus on the performances of Pelé and his comrades who are, let's say it once and for all, soccer stars and NOT football players (you know, this American game featuring men in shorts fighting for a ball). A DVD strictly reserved to soccer fans or John Huston completists.