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The McKenzie Break (1970)

PG | | War, Drama, Action | May 1971 (Ireland)
During WW2, German POWs in Britain plot to escape from their prison camp in Scotland.

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Capt. Jack Connor
Helmut Griem ...
Kapitän zur See Willi Schlueter
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Maj. Perry
Jack Watson ...
Gen. Kerr
Patrick O'Connell ...
Sgt. Maj. Cox
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Lt. Neuchl
Alexander Allerson ...
Lt. Wolff
John Abineri ...
Capt. Kranz
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Lt. Hall (as Constantin De Goguel)
Tom Kempinski ...
Lt. Schmidt
Eric Allan ...
Lt. Hochbauer
Caroline Mortimer ...
A.T.S. Sgt. Bell
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Cpl. Jean Watt
Gregg Palmer ...
Lt. Berger
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Ingenieur-Offizier Unger
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In the closing days of World War II, German prisoners riot in a POW Camp in Scotland. Fearful of a mass escape attempt, the British Army sends in an unorthodox Irish Captain in hopes of discovering exactly what is going on. The Irishman at once comes into conflict with the senior prisoner, a U-Boat commander, and the two must match wits, knowing that only one will emerge victorious. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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CAPTAIN CONNOR. Fun-loving,sex-loving killer. Hated in London. That's why they gave him this lousy job: Get Willi and the U-Boat that's double-parked in the bay. See more »

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Rated PG for violence, language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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The character of Kapitänleutnant Willi Schlueter aka Wilhelm Modersohn aka Kapitan Willi Schleuter aka Silent Willi aka Captain Willi, is based on Otto Kretschmer who can be seen in The World at War: Wolf Pack: U-Boats in the Atlantic - 1939-1944 (1974). Kretschmer actually co-ordinated a real-life partially successful escape from Canada's Bowmanville POW Camp 30 in September, 1943. See more »

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The Jeep used is a civilian CJ 3B model, first introduced in 1953. See more »

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[last lines]
Captain Jack Connor: Willi, looks like we're both in the shithouse.
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SYMPHONY NO.3 E-FLAT MAJOR, OP.55 -- 1st & 2nd Movements
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Outstanding
21 October 2001 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

Whereas many supposedly modern films such as `Saving Private Ryan' play along a clear black - and - white scheme (us = good decent chaps, Germans inhuman war robots), `The McKenzie Break' goes down a different path; neither of the central characters is readily likeable or even understandable. Captain Jack Connor is an Irishman fighting on the side of the British Army, a maverick by his personality and origin and yet a representative of the status quo. His antagonist Kapitän Willi Schlüter is a fanatical Nazi, yet we unwillingly sympathize with him because, young and sharp - witted, he is a prisoner desperately trying to break free.

Because the film does not force a constructed morality on the viewer, it is truthful and keeps us in suspense; we are never able to predict the ending or even the next turn of events. `The McKenzie' break is truly a neglected gem, an honest, engaging and intelligent movie that stands out among its genre.


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