The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre has been chosen by Jay of Life Vs. Film We will be reviewing our favorite Prison Films.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jay!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Prison Films…
“This frigging game is ruining my life. ” – Hatch
Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times (Cable in the 80’s and 1 Mar 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A group of Allied P.O.W.’s during World War II chosen to play a Soccer match against the German national Team devise a plan to escape during the game.
My Take on it – I am a huge fan of both The Great Escape (1963) and The Longest Yard (1974) and was quite disappointed that a film like this which borrows heavily from both of them fails at keeping things interesting or entertaining enough.
The cast is ok here because they were able to get Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine and Max Von Sydow as the three leads, but there are many moments where it feels as if each of them just don’t belong.
The rest of the main cast is filled up by known Soccer (Football for u non-Americans) players of the time which makes the game action more interesting, but doesn’t help elevate the story or the characters because none of them can really act.
Overall, this film seems to have taken the idea that average is better than nothing and most of the aspects of this film clearly fall into the category whether they are meant to or not.
Bottom Line – Interestingly done film that tries to combine elements of The Great Escape (1963) and The Longest Yard (1974) yet falls far short of being as interesting or entertaining as either of them. The main cast is good and they interestingly decided to use real Soccer (football for u Non-Americans) players as the rest of the players on both teams to add a bit of authenticity to the game itself. Stallone, Von Sydow and Caine have moments where you constantly question why they were cast in these roles, but overall stay with the ongoing theme of everything being quite average.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the climactic soccer match, when the commentator says that there is fifteen minutes left in the game, there is exactly fifteen minutes and five seconds left until the end of the end credits. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all!! This is a strange premise that is hard to take seriously.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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