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The One That Got Away (1957)

A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

Howard Clewes (screenplay), Kendal Burt (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hardy Krüger ... Franz Von Werra
Colin Gordon ... Army Interrogator
Michael Goodliffe ... R.A.F. Interrogator
Terence Alexander ... R.A.F. Intelligence Officer
Jack Gwillim ... Commandant, Grizedale
Andrew Faulds ... Lieutenant, Grizedale
Julian Somers Julian Somers ... Booking Clerk
Alec McCowen ... Duty Officer, Hucknall
Harry Lockart Harry Lockart ... German Prisoner
Robert Crewdson ... German Prisoner
George Mikell George Mikell ... German Prisoner
George Roubicek ... German Prisoner
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... German Prisoner
Frederick Jaeger ... German Prisoner
Richard Marner ... German Prisoner
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Storyline

This is the true story of Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, the only German prisoner of war to escape from imprisonment in Britain during the Second World War. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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Plot Keywords:

escape | german | dossier | hero | bravado | See All (37) »

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Canadians will remember...The One That Got Away. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Einer kam durch See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Julian Wintle Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Hardy Krüger was only cast after Kenneth More and Dirk Bogarde had turned the film down. See more »

Goofs

On the train travelling through Canada you can see that all the windows are frozen over but when it stops at a station an exterior shot shows Hardy Kruger's is clear so that he can see out. See more »

Quotes

Franz von Werra: Thanks for the ride and for your so amusing conversation.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: Despite the efforts of the Canadian Government to obtain his return, and of the United States Authorities to hold him, Von Werra crossed the border into Mexico. Travelling by way of Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Spain, he reached Berlin on 18th April. 1941. On October 25th of the same year, while on patrol, his plane was seen to dive into the sea. No trace of Von Werra was found. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Question of Faith (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Muss i denn, muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus
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Great film! Kruger is brilliant
30 August 1999 | by Morning StarSee all my reviews

What a great little film this is, an quite unique. Hardy Kruger is wonderful in this role (even better than he was in Flight of the Phoenix)and the story is unusual and fast paced. The best part is this is a *true* story too so it's very intriguing to know this von Werra guy was really in the German army...he was hardly a conformist like we always think "Nazi" soldiers would be.


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