Pele: When Legend and Sylvester Stallone Acted in 'Escape to Victory'

Pele: When Legend and Sylvester Stallone Acted in 'Escape to Victory'

  • The world at large continues to mourn the FIFA World Cup's greatest-ever player Pele
  • The three-time world cup winner passed away on Thursday after a battle with cancer
  • Memories of his path crossing with acting legend Sylvester Stallone have resurfaced

Many people might have forgotten or do not know about it, but Rocky and Pele once escaped from a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp.

Yes, this is an exaggeration, but Sylvester Stallone and Edson Arantes do Nascimento starred in one of the great football films Escape to Victory, released in July 1981.

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Pele and Sylvester Stallone once starred in the classic football movie 'Escape to Victory'. Image source: Warner Bros. & Getty Images.
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The synopsis, according to the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDb), describes how the head of a German prisoner of war camp organises a match between Nazi players and their Allied captives.

"Orchestrated as a way to push the Third Reich agenda, the high-profile game is set to feature an international team led by John Colby (Michael Caine), a veteran British player. While the team, which also includes Luis Fernandez (Pelé) of Trinidad, trains for the match, Robert Hatch (Sylvester Stallone) plans a dangerous mass escape from the camp."

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On a budget of $10 million in the 80s, the film was a box office success, making $27.1 million during its theatrical run. In today's money, that is $32.3 million in costs for $87.5 million in box office ticket sales.

It enjoys a satisfactory 6.6/10 rating on IMDb, while being certified at a 'Fresh' 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The 82-year-old Pele was recently hospitalised as he battled colon cancer, with ESPN reporting that his health had improved but others saying treatment was no longer working.

Pele sent message to Neymar

Brazil icon Pele branded Neymar an inspiration to younger athletes, after witnessing the Paris Saint-Germain star equal his record for the national team.

The 30-year-old had taken Brazil within striking distance of the World Cup semi-finals with an extra-time goal, that tied him even with the football king on 77 goals.

Neymar was reduced to tears as the five-time world champions were booted from the competition, but Pele was quick to congratulate the PSG star.

Source: Sports Brief News