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The One That Got Away (1957)

 -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  22 November 1957 (UK)
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A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Franz Von Werra (as Hardy Kruger)
Colin Gordon ...
Army Interrogator
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R.A.F. Interrogator
Terence Alexander ...
R.A.F. Intelligence Officer
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Commandant, Grizedale
Andrew Faulds ...
Lieutenant, Grizedale
Julian Somers ...
Booking Clerk
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Duty Officer, Hucknall
Harry Lockart ...
German Prisoner
Robert Crewdson ...
German Prisoner
George Mikell ...
German Prisoner
George Roubicek ...
German Prisoner
John Van Eyssen ...
German Prisoner
Frederick Jaeger ...
German Prisoner
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German Prisoner
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Storyline

This is the true story of Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, the only German prisoner of war to escape from imprisonment in Britain during the Second World War. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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escape | german | dossier | hero | bravado | See All (38) »

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He was daring, defiant and determined to escape. See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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22 November 1957 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Einer kam durch  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Hawker Hurricane that Von Werra tries to steal still flies as part of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. See more »

Goofs

When Von Werra crash lands, the cockpit canopy hood on the BF-109 mock-up is hinged on the port side and he exits on the starboard side. All actual BF-109's were the opposite; the cockpit canopy hood being hinged on the starboard side with the pilot entering/exiting on the port side. See more »

Quotes

R.A.F. Intelligence Officer: This movement of prisoners to Canada, sir. POW Administration have asked for a list of any you'd like to keep here for further interrogation.
RAF Interrogator: Who were you thinking of?
R.A.F. Intelligence Officer: Well, what about von Werra, sir?
RAF Interrogator: Oh. Oh, I wouldn't want to deprive him of a nice healthy sea voyage. In fact, I'd recommend a special escort for von Werra to make quite certain he gets there.
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Crazy Credits

Closing Credits: Despite the efforts of the Canadian Government to obtain his return, and of the United States Authorities to hold him Von Werra crossed the border in to Mexico. Travelling by way of Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Spain he reached Berlin on 18th April. 1941. On October 25th of the same year, while on patrol, his plane was seen to dive into the sea. NO trace of Von Werra was found. See more »

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Referenced in Doing Time (1979) See more »

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Auf, auf zum fröhlichen Tagen
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Suspenseful
2 August 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a German prisoner of war in the World War II, who strives to escape back to Germany.

Despite being made fifty years ago, "The One That Got Away" is very watchable and suspenseful even in modern day standards. The plot is well written, despite giving away what happens in the movie title, it is still thrilling and suspenseful throughout the movie. I admire Franz's determination and courage to escape, and I am surprised by the other prisoners of war's cooperation in his plans even though they are not escaping. Humanity through harsh times is well depicted in here, touching one's soul and inspiring others to treasure life.


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