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The Wooden Horse (1950)

True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Phil
Anthony Steel ...
John
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Bennett
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Nigel
Patrick Waddington ...
Senior British Officer
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Robbie
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Pomfret
Bryan Forbes ...
Paul
Dan Cunningham ...
David
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Australian in Hospital
Philip Dale ...
Bill White
Russell Waters ...
'Wings' Cameron
Ralph Ward ...
Adjutant
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Camp Commandant
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Storyline

In a POW camp, the Nazis have placed the huts far from the boundary so that any escape tunnel would have to be a long one. One British officer has the idea of starting a daily gynmastics routine using a vaulting horse: they can place it near the boundary and start a tunnel from under it. He and two others do escape the camp by this means and plan to make for neutral Sweden. To do that, they'll not only have to move around without arousing any suspicions, but also find a stranger from a neutral or occupied country who'll be willing and able to help them. Written by Anonymous

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16 October 1950 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Campo 111  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Goodliffe who plays Robie was actually a POW in a German POW camp during the Second World War. See more »

Goofs

Whilst the escape is in progress, there is a quick shot of a German guard near the compound fence. His rifle has a British pattern webbing sling; the upper brass buckle can be seen clearly. See more »

Quotes

[Doctor, visiting prisoners in hospital, hears they are listening to music by Beethoven]
Doctor: Ah, Beethoven. He is a good German.
Prisoner: [calls out from the background] Yes. He's dead.
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Connections

Referenced in Chicken Run (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 6 in F major,
Pastoral", Op. 68" (uncredited)
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A great, hard to obtain film
28 February 2005 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

The Wooden Horse was one of the first "great" escape stories from World War II, telling the true story of Eric Williams and others in their escape from Stalag-Lufft III in October of 1943. I really like this film, but had to by it on VHS from Amazon in England and get it transferred from PAL format in the U.S. I read the book when I was in hight school, after having seen a portion of the film in the early 60's on T.V. The taunt drama of Peter and John trying to escape from Germany during the war is more realistic than the treck of the escapes portrayed in the Great Escape. This film is a lost treasure, that should be made more available to American audiences.


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