6.9/10
363
12 user 6 critic

Breakout (1959)

Danger Within (original title)
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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1942, a group of British soldiers is sent on a mission in the Malaysian jungle and gets lost into the Japanese controlled zone.

Director: Leslie Norman
Stars: Richard Todd, Richard Harris, Laurence Harvey
Desert Patrol (1958)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sent to destroy a Nazi petrol dump in the North African desert, a British commando team unexpectedly discovers a large Nazi tank unit and must inform the HQ in time.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: Richard Attenborough, John Gregson, Michael Craig
Kidnapped (1971)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 18th century Scotland, during the Jacobite Rebellion, David Balfour claims his inheritance from his uncle who has him shanghaied on a ship where David meets fugitive Jacobite rebel Alan Breck.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Lawrence Douglas
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is being blackmailed.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa
Jet Storm (1959)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, threatening ... See full summary »

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker, Hermione Baddeley
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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

Directors: Jack Lee, Ian Dalrymple
Stars: Leo Genn, David Tomlinson, Anthony Steel
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City.

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Bonar Colleano, Susan Shaw, Renée Asherson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

John Wilson is troubled with pain and and an inability to sleep. He tries to light the gas-fire and seeks held from another lodger, artist Nicholas, who is spending the night with his model... See full summary »

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Bernard Lee, Richard Attenborough, Donald Houston
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Forced by circumstances,Confederate POWs and Union soldiers join forces against Indians but old animosities resurface during their fragile alliance.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Linda Darnell, Jeff Chandler
Hell in Korea (1956)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1951 during the Korean War retreat a small British re-con group is surrounded by Chinese troops and holds out in a lonely temple atop a hill.

Director: Julian Amyes
Stars: Stephen Boyd, Ronald Lewis, George Baker
Up Periscope (1959)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1942, Navy Lieutenant Kenneth Braden from the underwater demolition team is sent to a Japanese island to photograph secret radio codes.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A British doctor working in a Canadian hospital, has to assist in a delicate brain operation on a South American President, who is in hiding from a gang of assassins.

Director: Jack Cardiff
Stars: Richard Todd, Betsy Drake, Herbert Lom
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.
...
Lt. Col. Huxley
...
Major Charles Marquand
...
Capt. 'Bunter' Phillips
...
Capt. Rupert Callender
...
Capt. Roger Byfold
William Franklyn ...
Capt. Tony Long
Vincent Ball ...
Capt. Pat Foster
Peter Arne ...
Capitano Benucci
Peter Jones ...
Capt. Alfred Piker
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The searing, shocking story of men condemned to a living hell ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 January 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Breakout  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

In the final scene, when Capitano Benucci realized an escape is happening, he is seen running around the camp with his pistol in his hand. The pistol is an automatic, but when he shoots the "traitor" hidden behind the blanket, the closeup shows a revolver. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: North Italy Summer 1943 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Two Way Stretch (1960) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Four Hundred men and a Duck!
11 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Danger Within is directed by Don Chaffey and adapted to screenplay by Bryan Forbes and Frank Harvey from the novel "Death in Captivity" written by Michael Gilbert. It stars Richard Todd, Bernard Lee, Michael Wilding, Richard Attenborough and Dennis Price. Music is by Francis Chagrin and cinematography by Arthur Grant.

Northern Italy, 1943, a POW Camp. No matter how intricate the planning, how well executed, escape attempts are met by tragedy as the sadistic camp commander is waiting to not only foil the escape, but to also kill the escapees in cold blood. It can mean only one thing, there's an informer in the camp.

Packed with British thespian talent giving good turns, Danger Within serves as both a POW escape drama and a war time mystery thriller. The mystery element is a little undone since the informer is revealed to us the audience at the midpoint, but from there on in the suspense is amped up by way of wondering if the rat will be found, and if the amazing grand escape planned at film's end will succeed. With that, the second half of pic also serves as an escape procedural. Lots going on here, with plenty of slices of British humour into the bargain as well, while some of the dialogue is tough and the odd line is very much of its time; but in a good period setting way (for example; how wonderful to hear the word clot used as an insult again!). 8/10


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Breakout (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?