Kick off the World Cup this summer with this screening of the classic football/war movie Escape To Victory – we’re delighted to be joined by former international footballer (and local resident) Russell Osman, who starred in the film showcasing his skills alongside footballing legends such as Pelé and Bobby Moore, and many other well-known faces.
Russell’s illustrious playing history includes international caps, and he has managed both Bristol City and Bristol Rovers during his off-pitch career. He’ll be joining us to discuss the making of Escape To Victory – and show off some impressive memorabilia from the set! – as well as taking Q&As from the audience, before the film is shown on the big screen in Clifton College’s Pre School Hall.
It’s a unique opportunity to discover, or rediscover, one of the finest football films ever made, in the company of one of the starring cast – and the perfect warmup for a month’s coverage of the beautiful game’s most prestigious tournament.
During the Second World War, a German officer organises an exhibition match between an all-star Nazi team and Allied POWs as a demonstration of Aryan superiority. The prisoners begrudgingly accept – but they have their own plans to orchestrate a daring escape attempt.
Starring: Michael Caine | Sylvester Stallone | Max Von Sydow | Pelé | Bobby Moore | John Wark | Russell Osman
Director: John Huston
Screenplay: Evan Jones | Yabo Yablonsky
Producer: Freddie Fields
THEY SAY: “Huston, showing admirable range in his old age, creates on-field magic and nostalgia for the beautiful game as an idyll of now-extinct sportsmanship” – Gavin Bainbridge, Empire, 2015
WE SAY: This poignant and uplifting story – loosely based on true events – is more than a football film, although the actual game sequences (orchestrated by Pelé himself) are spectacular. John Huston’s famed directorial skills remain obvious even this late in his career, and it’s been nicknamed by some reviewers “The Great Escape with football”! We’re thrilled to have Russell Osman join us for this screening