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The One That Got Away (1957)

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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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Canadians will remember...The One That Got Away. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

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Release Date:

22 November 1957 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Einer kam durch  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Franz von Werra: Now shall I go to a prison camp?
RAF Interrogator: You ask that question too often. You're not going to escape.
Franz von Werra: Squadron Leader, I bet you a magnum of Champagne to ten cigarettes I do escape - within six months.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: 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 into 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Doing Time (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Muss i denn, muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus
(uncredited)
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They don't make 'em like this anymore
6 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"The One that got away" is an outstanding World War Two adventure, based on the legendary exploits of Franz Von Werra - the only Luftwaffe Officer to escape from Allied captivity.

The film is now considered by many to be something of a minor classic, and it really isn't difficult to see why.

What particularly impressed me, was how Roy Ward Baker managed to create a genuine empathy between Von Werra (brilliantly portrayed here by Hardy Kruger) and the audience without resorting to cliché or racial stereotyping. Accepted, Von Werra may be representing one of the most vile regimes in history but you desperately want him to succeed, and it's real edge of the seat stuff to see if he can pull it off.

Head and shoulders above most other British war movies produced during this era, it just gets better and better every time I see it.


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