This inspiring tale of defiance and heroism follows events during World War II. When some Swiss inspectors inspect one of the camps, one of the Germans accompanying them sees that the inmates play football (soccer). Interest when he recognizes one of the men, Colby as a former player for England, he suggests that his men play against a team of Germans. Colby agrees, provided that his players be provided with certain amenities.
At the same time, one of the prisoners, an American, Hatch is planning to escape. But his plan hits a snag because of the football game. He joins the team because it's the only way his plan can work.
The officers at the camp want him to go to Paris, where the game will be held, so that he can contact the underground and see if its possible for the team to escape. Hatch makes it and after meeting them, they think there's a way but Hatch has to get caught so that he could be sent back to the camp. It is imperative that he is able to inform the team of the plan. Will he succeed in getting caught? Can Colby convince the Germans that he needs him for the team so that he could be released?
Did you know?
The MTK Stadium in Budapest, Hungary was used to play the Stade Colombes (Coombes Stadium) in Paris, France where the movie's climactic football match takes place. The producers had had difficulty finding a large stadium without floodlights, as floodlights at football stadiums were largely unknown until well after World War II. The MTK stadium, now known as the Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium, was the biggest one without lights (but at the same time structurally similar to Continental stadiums that were around during WW2) that they could find. The stadium today is the home of the MTK Hungária Football Club. Read More