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Breakout (1959)

Danger Within (original title)
In 1943, an Italian-administered P.O.W. camp for captured Allies goes through a series of failed escapes only to culminate in a daring plan for a dramatic mass escape.

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

Bryan Forbes (screenplay), Frank Harvey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.
Bernard Lee ... Lt. Col. Huxley
Michael Wilding ... Major Charles Marquand
Richard Attenborough ... Capt. 'Bunter' Phillips
Dennis Price ... Capt. Rupert Callender
Donald Houston ... Capt. Roger Byfold
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Capt. Tony Long
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Capt. Pat Foster
Peter Arne ... Capitano Benucci
Peter Jones ... Capt. Alfred Piker
Ronnie Stevens ... Lt. Meynell, 'The Sewer Rat'
Terence Alexander ... Lt. Gibbs
Andrew Faulds ... Lt. Comdr. 'Dopey' Gibbon, R.N.
Steve Norbert Steve Norbert ... Lt. Pierre Dessin
Cyril Shaps ... Lt. Cyriakos Coutoules
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Drama set in an Italian prisoner of war camp during World War 2, where a group of British soldiers find their plans for escape thwarted by a mysterious traitor in their midst. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breakout See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The attempted escapee at the start of the movie is Captain Dicky Lester. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, when Capitano Benucci realized an escape is happening, he is seen running around the camp with his pistol in his hand. The pistol is an automatic, but when he shoots the "traitor" hidden behind the blanket, the closeup shows a revolver. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Huxley: [the prisoners are discussing the corpse of a man discovered in an escape tunnel] Obviously we must report this to the Italians at once.
Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.: Report it, aye, but do you have to tell them where you found him?
Lt. Col. Huxley: Yes, of course we do. Their doctors will prove he died under a fall of sand. That means only one thing - a tunnel.
Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.: Well just for the record, if you tell 'em the truth, you'll be making them a present of the only tunnel in this camp with a real chance.
Lt. Col. Huxley: What alternative do you suggest?
Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.: Put him in ...
[...]
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Opening credits prologue: North Italy Summer 1943 See more »

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Referenced in Two Way Stretch (1960) See more »

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""Ne Partez Pas Deja"
Composed by Henry Himmel
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Four Hundred men and a Duck!
11 March 2014 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Danger Within is directed by Don Chaffey and adapted to screenplay by Bryan Forbes and Frank Harvey from the novel "Death in Captivity" written by Michael Gilbert. It stars Richard Todd, Bernard Lee, Michael Wilding, Richard Attenborough and Dennis Price. Music is by Francis Chagrin and cinematography by Arthur Grant.

Northern Italy, 1943, a POW Camp. No matter how intricate the planning, how well executed, escape attempts are met by tragedy as the sadistic camp commander is waiting to not only foil the escape, but to also kill the escapees in cold blood. It can mean only one thing, there's an informer in the camp.

Packed with British thespian talent giving good turns, Danger Within serves as both a POW escape drama and a war time mystery thriller. The mystery element is a little undone since the informer is revealed to us the audience at the midpoint, but from there on in the suspense is amped up by way of wondering if the rat will be found, and if the amazing grand escape planned at film's end will succeed. With that, the second half of pic also serves as an escape procedural. Lots going on here, with plenty of slices of British humour into the bargain as well, while some of the dialogue is tough and the odd line is very much of its time; but in a good period setting way (for example; how wonderful to hear the word clot used as an insult again!). 8/10


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