Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, turns 80 this October 23. And if the famous Brazilian footballer was entitled to his biopic, did you know that he also starred in a film alongside Sylvester Stallone?
He is, for many, the greatest player in the history of football. In front of Maradona, Platini or Zidane. Pelé, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, turns 80 on October 23, and it’s an opportunity to remember that the three-time Brazilian world champion has also made some one-two with the cinema, in documentaries where he appears or as the producer of the biopic to his glory, Birth of a Legend, released in 2016. But not that, since he also participated in a fiction in which he gives the reply to Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine: The victory is ours.
Directed by the legendary John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, The Desaxés), the feature film is inspired by a true story that took place in Kiev during the German occupation of the city in World War II, which had already given birth to Two halves in hell in 1961, and tells how prisoners will take advantage of a football match against Nazi soldiers to organize an escape attempt. Sylvester Stallone plays Captain Robert Hatch, an American hero who must be introduced to the ball and who becomes the goalkeeper of the team, while Pelé lends his features to a character called … Luis Fernandez. But nothing to do with the midfielder of the Blues, who was playing at Paris-Saint-Germain when the film was released on our screens on September 23, 1981.
Visible on Amazon Prime Video, To us the victory is all a false good idea on paper, and is one of those projects that can quickly turn to nanar like the Führer en folie (1974), which also revolves around a match in the midst of World War II. But no, and we must admit that the feature film, despite a few shots and a somewhat long finale, does not lack charm, beyond the fun of seeing actors such as Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow or Michael Caine exchange dialogues and balloons with King Pelé and other famous players such as Bobby Moore (captain of the England team, world champion in 1966) or Argentinian midfielder Osvaldo Ardiles, world champion 1978. A real curiosity to (re) see to celebrate the 80 years of the legendary Brazilian striker, scorer more than a thousand times during his career.