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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
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Kapitän zur See Willi Schluetter
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Maj. Perry
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Gen. Kerr
Patrick O'Connell ...
Sgt. Maj. Cox
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Lt. Neuchl
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Lt. Wolff
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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
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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 WILLI. Honor graduate from the Hitler Youth. He's well-liked in Berlin. That's why they picked him to lead the escape. See more »

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War | Drama | Action

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

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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of McKenzie in this movie's title refers to the Second World War McKenzie Prisoner of War Camp in Scotland. See more »

Goofs

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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Interesting and unusual
12 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An interesting war film that differs from others in a number of ways. Firstly,the plot concerns German prisoners of war held in a POW camp in Scotland planning an escape. While many films have featured Allied POWs, it's quite rare to find one that focuses on Germans held in captivity (Hardy Kruger as "The one that got away" is another example). Secondly, the Germans actually speak in German as opposed to some studio manufactured pidgin English. This adds a welcome note of authenticity so often missing from big name war movies made around the same time. The cut that I've seen on British TV was certainly subtitled. I note that another reviewer had the misfortune to watch a non-subtitled version - he has my sympathy! Another interesting point is that - in a subplot - the film has a gay German POW being persecuted and subsequently murdered by his own compatriots. Whether this actually happened and how much of the film is based on fact I'm not sure. However, the Nazi persecution of homosexuals is well-documented, but not often seen on the screen. It must have been a fairly bold move for a film made in 1970 to address this. There are some loopholes, but it remains well-acted and intriguing.


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