After much behind-the-scenes plotting by the French Resistance and British intelligence, and after weeks of intensive training (led by Michael Caine's John Colby), a group of allied POW's are given the chance to escape to neutral ground via the ruse of a friend vs. foe football match.
A Boy's Own fantasy that will seem laughable to those out of love with the game and stretch the patience of those in love with it. In the end, however, Huston, showing admirable range in his old age, creates enough on-field magic and nostalgia for the beatiful game as an idyll of now-extinct sportsmanship, you can almost forgive the boss's choice of goalkeeper. Almost.
Reviewed by Gavin Bainbridge
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