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Saturday, March 11, 2006

I'm not sure what the source of the impulse was, but some time back I added "Victory" to our Netflix queue. It came yesterday, and we watched it last night. Have you seen it? It's kind of a cross between "The Great Escape" and "The Longest Yard" with soccer instead of football and Stallone instead of good. Pele is in it-- A. unkindly said that he has the Trini Lopez part-- and the Allied team features a number of soccer greats from the period, including Bobby Moore and Pieter Van Beck. No effort is made to account for the presence of Pele in a POW camp, and the movie suffers from too little football and too much Stallone, but the football that's in it is pretty good, I'd say, and even the Stallone is Stallone back when he was merely buff rather than the cartoon charactor he became.

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