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The One That Got Away (1957)

A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.

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Army Interrogator
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Commandant, Grizedale
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Duty Officer, Hucknall
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German Prisoner
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German Prisoner
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German Prisoner
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German Prisoner
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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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Canadians will remember...The One That Got Away. See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Einer kam durch  »

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Trivia

Hardy Krüger was only cast after Kenneth More and Dirk Bogarde had turned the film down. See more »

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The bow of the ship that carries Von Werra to Canada is seen in close-up travelling symbolically right to left across the screen. Unfortunately, the original stock footage was of a bow travelling left to right and the editor just stuck a piece in, reversed. The numbers are mirrored. See more »

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Commandant, Grizedale: Something's hatching. Prisoners always have complaints, as a matter of principle. When they haven't - then you watch.
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Opening credits prologue: SEPTEMBER 5th 1940 WINCHET HILL, KENT. See more »

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Referenced in A Question of Faith (2006) See more »

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Horch, was kommt von draußen rein
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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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