Movies 'Victory'

Showing at E Street Cinema:
Showing at E Street Cinema: "Victory," with Sylvester Stallone, left, and Michael Caine. (Lorimar Productions/paramount Pictures)
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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Movies 'Victory'

As World War II movies go, this 1981 drama starring Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine as Allied prisoners of war doesn't rank very high. But among soccer-themed films, it's right at the top, thanks to a supporting cast that includes Pele, England legend Bobby Moore, Argentine World Cup winner Osvaldo "Ossie" Ardiles and Polish forward Kazimierz Deyna. The thin plot: In the middle of the war, the German brass wants to play an exhibition game against prisoners of war as a propaganda exercise, and the Allied players see it as a chance to escape from the prison camp. The film is better known for its action sequences (with professional stand-ins) and wonderful cinematography than its acting, but it's still an enjoyable experience for fans of the game. Rarely screened in the United States, "Victory" -- known as "Escape to Victory" elsewhere -- wraps up the "Kicking and Screening" soccer film series. A bonus: Werner Roth, the American soccer star who plays the German captain in the film, will be in attendance.

$11. Midnight Saturday. E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. 202-452-7672 or http://www.kickingandscreening.com.

-- Fritz Hahn

Art Studio H Opening

The list of interesting destinations along the H Street NE corridor has a new addition, and it has nothing to do with putt-putt. Studio H Gallery opens tonight at H and Fourth streets NE, well outside the blocks where the nightlife scene is clustered. The first show slated for the new space is a selection of portraits and landscapes by D.C. painter Sarah Griffin Thibodeaux. The gallery plans to host monthly exhibitions with local artists and later expand to a more international lineup of works.

Free. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Studio H Gallery, 408A H St. NE. http://www.studiohdc.com.

-- Stephanie Merry

With Kids Halloween Young Run

This title is a bit of a misnomer: the safety-focused race organizers don't actually want your kid to try to run in a Halloween costume. But for the 3,000 youngsters ages 7 through 12 who make this one of the biggest kids' runs in the country, that doesn't seem to matter. There'll be music pumping, balloons arcing high into the sky and goofy grownups cheering on the youngsters. They set off in heats by age categories, and everyone gets some recognition worthy of bragging about at school the next day: a medal for milers, ribbons for the half-mile and quarter-mile runners. It's one way the Montgomery County Road Runners club encourages fitness for little ones, too. Proceeds benefit the Rockville Youth Recreation Fund, the club's children's running programs and the local children's charity Sports Plus.

$25. Register in person, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, NASA Federal Credit Union, 1592-B Rockville Pike, Rockville. Race: 9 a.m. Sunday. Rockville Pike and West Gude Drive, Rockville. http://www.halloweenyoungrun.com.

Outdoors Loudoun Fall Color Tour

If you're looking to take in the changing foliage and explore some area wineries, this self-guided tour of county farms and vineyards is a no-brainer. Look for wine tastings, live music, art displays and even s'mores among the special events hosted by the participating locations. Kids can sip just-pressed cider, go on a hayride or pony ride, carve a pumpkin or visit all kinds of farm animals. Depending where you stop, you could head home with meat, eggs or pick-your-own produce, too -- and you'll know just where it came from.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. http://www.loudounfarms.org.

-- Anne Kenderdine


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