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Breakout (1959)
"Danger Within" (original title)

 |  Drama, War  |  17 January 1960 (USA)
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Drama set in an Italian prisoner of war camp during World War 2, where a group of British soldiers find their plans for escape thwarted by a mysterious traitor in their midst.

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Cast

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Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.
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Lt. Col. Huxley
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Major Charles Marquand
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Capt. 'Bunter' Phillips
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Capt. Rupert Callender
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Capt. Roger Byfold
William Franklyn ...
Capt. Tony Long
Vincent Ball ...
Capt. Pat Foster
Peter Arne ...
Capitano Benucci
Peter Jones ...
Capt. Alfred Piker
Ronnie Stevens ...
Lt. Meynell, 'The Sewer Rat'
Terence Alexander ...
Lt. Gibbs
Andrew Faulds ...
Lt. Comdr. 'Dopey' Gibbon, R.N.
Steve Norbert ...
Lt. Pierre Dessin
Cyril Shaps ...
Lt. Cyriakos Coutoules
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Drama set in an Italian prisoner of war camp during World War 2, where a group of British soldiers find their plans for escape thwarted by a mysterious traitor in their midst. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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The film's setting is a POW camp in Northern Italy during the summer of 1943. See more »

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12 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite POW films. But in fact 'Danger Within' is not just a POW film as such, it also falls into the Britfilm murder mystery genre.

The source for the story is a Michael Gilbert mystery 'Death in Captivity'published in the mid 1950's. It,s a cracking read and compliments the film as some narrative elements had to be changed for filmed purposes. The play within the story is different, and motivation of hero and villain is slightly more efficiently. It also gives you a glimpse into what happened after the mass escape.

For the Buff, spot Michael Caines first screen appearance, note the film's technical relationship to 'The League of Gentlemen', made in 1960 and watch the two on the same bill for a rewarding afternoon viewing.

To my mind this film also lifted Terrance Alexander from the rather predicable comedy character roles he was playing to top notch light drama actor. And Bernard Lee once again proved how dependable and useful he was in films filled with better known faces.


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