Part THE GREAT ESCAPE, part standard sports movie, Huston's VICTORY limps along until hitting full stride with a brilliantly staged soccer sequence that provides the film's climax. The setting is a WW II POW camp, where major von Sydow, a former member of the German national soccer team,
persuades Allied prisoner Caine, a former English international player, to put together a team to play a "friendly" match against a German team. With the intervention of the Nazi propaganda machine, the contest escalates into a confrontation between the German national team and an all-star squad
of Allied prisoners to be played in Colombes Stadium in Paris. With their American trai...