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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.


Don Chaffey


Bryan Forbes (screenplay), Frank Harvey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




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 ... 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


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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The searing, shocking story of men condemned to a living hell ! See more »


Drama | War


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Did You Know?


Michael Caine has a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance on stage with Dennis Price when the stage set is being position before the performance of Hamlet. He also appears later with a pin-up picture asking a bunk mate if he thinks she'll fit in the tunnel. See more »


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: North Italy Summer 1943 See more »


Referenced in Two Way Stretch (1960) See more »


""Ne Partez Pas Deja"
Composed by Henry Himmel
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Great film!!
4 June 2004 | by AliebarnesSee all my reviews

Just watched it on Channel 4 and loved it, very good cast and overall very enjoyable.

Full of great actors including Richard Attenborough and Tony Todd A bit different from the usual escape movies, in that there's some intrigue and tension caused by a informer within the British ranks this results in the deaths of 4 British prisoners before they finally work out who it is.

I do like the 50/60 British films and this is another that i will definitely watch again.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

17 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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