Sunday, February 5, 2017
THE LAST MATCH (1991)
This is the other movie, along with THEY CALL HIM BULLDOZER, that make up the tiniest of all subgenres; the Italian football-sploitation film. This one sees a football player's daughter getting arrested somewhere in South America, sent to a dirty prison run by Henry Silva and then getting rescued by her dad's whole team, led by coach Ernest Borgnine. The crazy part is that our heroes go on this daring mission completely decked out in their football uniforms, with machine guns and kick footballs with grenades inside of them at their enemies. It's quite the spectacle and combines sports and action movie in a pretty unique way. Martin Balsam and Charles Napier show up in small parts to add an even more American-feeling to this wacky Italian flick. Despite the fact that this came out in 1991 it really feels much more like an 80s action movie so give it a viewing if you're into that sort of thing.
In Japan this is known under the title of MAD TOUCHDOWN which seems way more suitable!