The Big Game (1942 film)

The Big Game (German: Das große Spiel) is a 1942 German sports film directed by Robert A. Stemmle and starring René Deltgen, Gustav Knuth and Heinz Engelmann. It featured famous German footballers of the era. National coach Sepp Herberger arranged for many German international footballers to be recalled from fighting in the Second World War, ostensibly to improve the quality of the film, but actually to try to protect them from the horrors of war.[1]

The Big Game
Directed byRobert A. Stemmle
Written by
  • Toni Huppertz
  • Richard Kirn
  • Robert A. Stemmle
Music byMichael Jary
Edited by
Distributed byDeutsche Filmvertriebs
Release date
10 July 1942
Running time
85 minutes

Some sequences of the film are in Agfacolor. The sets were designed by art directors Gerbert Hochreiter and Walter Schlick.

Partial cast


  • Hesse-Lichtenbeger, Ulrich. Tor!: The Story of German Football. WSC Books, 2003.


  1. Hesse-Lichtenbeger p. 91–92
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