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The Long Way Home: Part 2 

Still interred in a German POW camp, Sgt. Saunders and his squad must find a way to escape before they are all killed.

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Still interred in a German POW camp, Sgt. Saunders and his squad must find a way to escape before they are all killed.

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15 October 1963 (USA)  »

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The Long Way Home Part 2
14 July 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

Fortunately The Long Way Home Part 2 portrays some powerful acting on the part of Saunders and an excellent ending sequence with Private Gates. Realizing Caje is going to be executed for his part in the prior escape attempt, Saunders finally convinces Sergeant Ackers (played by Simon Oakland) that escape is imperative.

Interrogations by Steiner are well done. Caje is sweating like he just stepped out of a sauna and given his circumstance, it's to be expected. Kirby shows excellent raw acting before, during, and after interrogation and is his usual humorous self. Doc also gives Steiner the business in an amusing way and gets away with it.

Saunders always has his wheels turning and comes up with a brilliant escape plan. Coupled with Littlejohn's technical knowledge and the means to scrounge needed parts, it's all systems go. The result is fun to watch, especially Saunders interaction with the gate guard.

A little bit of luck is needed to pull it off, but it's not unreasonable given all of the circumstances. Steiner's being a clean freak helps the pieces come together. And Private Gates (played by Woodrow Parfrey) has his outstanding moment in one of the ending sequences. Sergeant Saunders is amusingly good with a German luger too.

Again, Steiner (played by Richard Basehart,) is just not mean enough for this role. And he speaks much to elegantly on top of it. Peter Mark Richman's SS Captain role In "The Hostages" is what they needed here.


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