For those who haven't seen the 1981 football masterpiece, Escape To Victory, you're really missing out on something quite special.
One of the finest football movies of all time — which isn't as big a compliment as it sounds — it starred two great actors in the prime. Sylvester Stallone, taking a break after the first two Rocky films, and still a year or so away from Rambo. And Michael Caine, shortly after making turkeys like Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and The Swarm.
Those screen giants were joined by Bobby Moore, Pele, Ossie Ardiles, and various members of Ipswich Town Football Club, in a tale of pissed off PoWs taking on the Nazis in a football match, with Brad Friedel in goal (played by Stallone). The big news is that Vinnie Jones wants to remake the thing, with Becksie in the Bobby Moore role.
Beckham is, of course, already a seasoned actor, having played a character called "David Beckham" in the trilogy of Goal! films, whilst Vinnie Jones has morphed from football nutcase, into a real Hollywood darling.
But would his American peers really flock to watch a film about soccer? And who should take the Pele, Ardiles, and Stallone roles?
The Spoiler's vote would be for fat Ronaldo, Maradona, and The Rock!
Here's the trailer for the original:
This post, written by Josh Burt, is republished with permission from The Spoiler. Go there often if you like soccer stuff.