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The McKenzie Break (1970)

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During WW2, German POWs in Britain plot to escape from their prison camp in Scotland.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Jack Connor
Helmut Griem ...
Kapitän zur See Willi Schlueter
Maj. Perry
Jack Watson ...
Gen. Kerr
Patrick O'Connell ...
Sgt. Maj. Cox
Horst Janson ...
Lt. Neuchl
Alexander Allerson ...
Lt. Wolff
John Abineri ...
Capt. Kranz
Lt. Hall (as Constantin De Goguel)
Tom Kempinski ...
Lt. Schmidt
Eric Allan ...
Lt. Hochbauer
Caroline Mortimer ...
A.T.S. Sgt. Bell
Mary Larkin ...
Cpl. Jean Watt
Gregg Palmer ...
Lt. Berger
Ingenieur-Offizier Unger


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 <>

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scotland | pow | prisoner | escape | u boat | See more »


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 »


War | Drama | Action

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

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Release Date:

12 January 1971 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Escape  »

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1.85 : 1
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The movie's finale on the coast was filmed at Bonmahon, County Waterford, Ireland. The scene where the truck was rolled into a hole in the ground was filmed at an old copper mining shaft there. See more »


Although it is raining heavily in many scenes, the ground remains mostly dry. There is no dirt visible on the character's clothes after they fought each other on expectedly wet sand and grass. See more »


[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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Compelling POW Narrative...
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The Mckenzie Break' ('TMB' 1970)--a somewhat overlooked film in the WWII POW genre--is a dynamic & well paced production that has been digitally transferred (DVD; currently lacks Blu-ray/HD, as of 12/13) in remarkably good condition. 'TMB' is recommended for only the die-hard fans of the POW genre & perhaps the curious WWII genre viewer. Another alternative film in the mold of 'TMB', as well as, 'Stalag 17' (1963), 'The Great Escape'(1963), 'Hart's War' (2002), 'Empire of the Sun' (1987), 'The Hill' (1965), 'Blood Oath' (or 'Prisoners of the Sun', 1990), 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' (1957), 'King Rat' (1965), & 'Victory' (1981), is 'The Good War' (2004) with Roy Scheider & Luca Zingaretti, and written & directed by Giorgio Serafini, pales slightly in comparison, but offers another view of an Axis POW camp in the US (Texas). For similar themes also consider: 'The Colditz Story' (1955); 'Escape to Athena' (1979); 'So weit die Fusse tragen' (TV 1959); 'Paradise Road' (1997). Also consider: 'What Did You Do During the War Daddy' (1966); 'Empire of the Sun' (1987); 'Ivan, Marie og verdenshistorien' (1992); 'Victory' (1981); 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' (1983); 'POW' (TV, 2003); 'As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me' (2003); 'The Secret of Blood Island' (1964); 'The Great Raid' (2005); 'Von Ryan's Express' (1965); & 'Andersonville' (1996).

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