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Lonely Hearts Club Video: Victory/Victoir

Posted by Dave / October 29, 2006

Victory.jpgI hope Drew doesn't mind me moving on with the Lonely Hearts Club Video.....but here it goes.

Yes, you may have been disappointed with this movie last time you saw it when it was called The Longest Yard, Mean Machine and...yes.....again The Longest Yard. But you know what? The Brits do it best. Victory (along with Mean Machine) is my favorite thus far. The premise of this one? Allied POW's in Germany are offered the chance to play a Football (Footy or Soccer to some) match against a German National Team during WW2 (pronounced dubya dubya two).

Why is this actually a fine movie? Here are my reasons three.

1. Michael Caine
2. Pelé in a movie
3. Michael Caine

As a bonus, you get Sylvester Stallone playing football with Brits.

Now, normally I'm dead against Pele, with me being Scottish and all. But in this movie, he's subtle AND a secret weapon against Nazis. And if I have to chose between Pele and Nazis, Pele squeezes past with a nose (at least until such time as Brazil disband their football team and let Scotland win a game).

Of course this film follows all Sport Movie cliches. But instead of some struggling college team, you have POWs playing 1940's football against Nazis in Paris. So this time, you can at least believe why the crowd is going crazy for the allied team.

All of this being said, the movie may only be worth while if you also find it in the bargain bin at a Cincinnati Walgreens.



Drew / October 30, 2006 at 01:04 pm
Go Dave go! I pass the torch off to you. But I will be back. Oh yes, one day I will be back.
scott / October 30, 2006 at 03:19 pm
that "break my arm" scene in Victory was totally crazy. still think about it. this was an inspiring film when i was a kid. i grew up to be a famous soccer player.
Dave / October 30, 2006 at 03:48 pm
yeah, I couldn't help but keep wondering how much that would hurt and what the sensation would be like.
Andrew / October 31, 2006 at 10:42 am
Remember when the Poles all came in all covered with flies and scabies on their faces? Michael Caine calmly says, "I'll get the DDT." I thought that stuff was banned, but they cleaned up those Polish POWs pretty well.
Dave / October 31, 2006 at 02:36 pm
It looks like DDT may not have been banned until the 1960s. So it's use for cleaning Polish POWs in WW2 would have been standard.
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