Irish Sports Films: Escape To Moral Victory

Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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Escape To Moral Victory


Starring: Kevin Sheedy, Tony Cascarino, Chris Morris, Frank Stapleton, Phil Babb and Silverstor Stallone


Several Irish footballers are imprisoned in Wandsworth prison for a crime they didn't commit (The Birmingham Six are just down the corridor).

In response to some of the jeering, anti-Irish statements of the English prison guards, the boys agree to play the guards in a football match. They hatch a plan to escape while the English fans riot afterwards. However, this plan involves winning, or at least avoiding defeat.

Helped along by an elderly Geordie prisoner who is sympathetic to the Irish lads' plight, they train as never before and evolve an incredible team spirit while indulging in some dietary habits that would now be frowned upon. They go 1-0 down early on, with the guards benefiting from some highly dubious refereeing decisions.


However, they pin the English guards back in their own box in the second half, harrying them relentlessly, as the handful of continental prisoners in Wandsworth look on thoroughly unimpressed with the quality of the football. Late on, with time running out, they ram home an equaliser which sends the Irish prisoners in Wandsworth into delerium.

The English prisoners, upset at the result and enraged by their manager go nuts at the final whistle. In the chaos the Irish escape out the back of the prison with the help of Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman. They drive back across the border into Ireland...*

Balls Media's second feature film is glorious triumph following the success of the studio's debut Four Draws and a Loss


*The screenplay was written by an American so not all the geographical details are exactly accurate

Score: Christy Moore

                             Football choreography: Maurice Setters


        Directed by: Jim Sheridan

      A Balls Media Production


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