“Escape for victory” on TV: from Stallone’s hard training to Pele’s penalty who broke a window, 10 curiosities

June 9, 2021 – 07:35 am

John Huston’s film is loosely inspired by a real football match that took place in 1942

of Arianna Ascione

In 1981 “Escape to Victory” arrived at the cinema: the film by director John Huston with Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Max von Sydow and many icons of football (broadcast on Iris at 9 pm) is set in 1942, in the middle of the Second World War world. It tells of a football match between a selection of Allied prisoners held in a concentration camp and the sports team from a nearby German base. The film freely takes its cue from a real match: the one that was played in Kiev on 9 August 1942 between a selection of footballers (FC Start.) And a team made up of German Luftwaffe air force officers (Flakelf). For the record, FC Start won. 5 to 3.

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June 9, 2021 | 07:35


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