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The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Action | Adventure  -  6 November 1988 (USA)
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Allied prisoners tunnel out of a stalag, then return to avenge fellow escapees executed by the Nazis.

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Maj. John Dodge
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Capt. David Matthews
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Lt. Mike Corery (as Anthony John Denison)
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Sgt. MacKenzie
Michael Nader ...
Burchardt
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Dr. Thost
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Dr, Absalon
Andrew Bicknell ...
Wings Day
Manfred Andrae ...
Col. Von Lindeiner
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Pieber
Karl Knaup ...
Max Wielen (as Karl-Heinz Knaup)
Karlheinz Lemken ...
Herr Schmidt
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Al Hake
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Group Capt. Massey
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Allied prisoners tunnel out of a stalag, then return to avenge fellow escapees executed by the Nazis.

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6 November 1988 (USA)  »

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Donald Pleasence is the only actor to appear in both this film and the original, The Great Escape (1963). In the original, he played one of the would-be escapees. Here, he plays a member of the SS. See more »

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Mostly it's the "untold story" because this isn't what happened but as entertainment it's passable
24 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The issue with this "true story" is that it was a made for America TV film, as a follow up to a cinema film that had already been twisted to add an American interest. By the time you get to the stage of this film it's very difficult to make for an audience who will have very little connection to the real story - i.e. that 76 predominantly European or Commonwealth service men escaped from a PoW camp, 73 were re-captured and under direct orders from Hitler 50 were executed in ones and twos by SS and Gestapo henchmen.

The film itself, if it didn't have the silly "untold story" tag, would be passable TV fare. The investigation, the depiction of the nature of the murders (i.e. individuals rather than the 50 in a field as per the original) are realistic whilst not necessarily being true. The fact it plays loose with who did the investigating and what actually happened is only an issue if you are looking for the true story.

If you're looking for a film about war crimes and investigating them, then as TV movies go this is OK. If you're looking for the real "untold story" then don't believe everything you see in this production.


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