Friday, July 11, 2008

Escape to Victory (1981)

The movie version: Michael Caine (aka Alfred in the new Batman movies), Sylvester Stallone, and Pele, as well as a bunch of other soccer legends like Bobby Moore. Best cast ever. They are prisoners in a Nazi labor camp and form a soccer team to take on the guards, who turn into the German National Team, for a match in Paris. The idea is for the Germans to show superiority over all of Europe. Very stereotypical sports movie ensues, and Sly makes the winning (well, tying) save at the end to stick it to the Nazis. Awesome.

The true life version: No Rambo, but lots of killing nonetheless. The Germans were beaten 5-1 by Dynamo Kiev. They were then tortured and killed. Read about "The Death Match" here. If only Sly would have been around...

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