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The Great Escape: The Reckoning (2009)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  29 October 2009 (Australia)
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The story behind the Hollywood film 'The Great Escape', examining the search for the Gestapo men who murdered 50 of the escapers.

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Complete credited cast:
Sandy McCutheon ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Bryett ...
Himself - Great Escaper
Amanda Catanach ...
Herself - Great Niece of James Catanach
Steve Davies ...
Himself - RAF Police Historian
Adrian Gilbert ...
Himself - POW Historian
Jamie Lee ...
Himself - Narrator (UK version) (voice)
Ken Rees ...
Himself - Great Escaper
Ingeborg Reinhardt ...
Herself - Daughter of Emil Schulz
Charles Rollings ...
Himself - POW Historian
Paul Royle ...
Himself - Great Escaper
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The story behind the Hollywood film 'The Great Escape', examining the search for the Gestapo men who murdered 50 of the escapers.

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Aboslutely riveting and an eye opener
2 July 2010 | by (cambridge) – See all my reviews

I sat and watched this thinking, rather naively, that the movie pretty much told the story though embellished somewhat for the American audience. Though the movie had some fact included it certainly didn't capture the real horror of what happened to those escaped prisoners. In fact this documentary could certainly have been captured in a sequel. A little known figure in history, Frank McKenna, a Blackpool policeman enlisted into the RAF was tasked with bringing to justice those responsible for the murder of the POW escapees. The documentary shows not only the amount of effort and time and determination that McKenna and his men plough into uncovering the perpetrators but also the background to those perpetrators themselves, in one case interviewing the daughter of Emil Shultz. In some cases you feel for these men; being possibly forced into their actions but there are others who clearly relished their duty. I would recommend anyone to watch this and am disappointed that there is not more information available about Frank McKenna, a man who evokes admiration but remained modest and humble up to his death.


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