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The McKenzie Break (1970)

PG | | Action, Drama, War | April 1971 (UK)
During WW2, German POWs in Britain plot to escape from their prison camp in Scotland.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writers:

William W. Norton (screenplay) (as William Norton), Sidney Shelley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Keith ... Capt. Jack Connor
Helmut Griem ... Kapitän zur See Willi Schluetter
Ian Hendry ... Maj. Perry
Jack Watson ... Gen. Kerr
Patrick O'Connell Patrick O'Connell ... Sgt. Maj. Cox
Horst Janson ... Lt. Neuchl
Alexander Allerson ... Lt. Wolff
John Abineri ... Capt. Kranz
Constantine Gregory ... Lt. Hall (as Constantin De Goguel)
Tom Kempinski Tom Kempinski ... Lt. Schmidt
Eric Allan Eric Allan ... Lt. Hochbauer
Caroline Mortimer Caroline Mortimer ... A.T.S. Sgt. Bell
Mary Larkin ... Cpl. Jean Watt
Gregg Palmer ... Lt. Berger
Michael Sheard ... Ingenieur-Offizier Unger
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Storyline

In the closing days of World War II, German prisoners riot in a POW Camp in Scotland. Fearful of a mass escape attempt, the British Army sends in an unorthodox Irish Captain in hopes of discovering exactly what is going on. The Irishman at once comes into conflict with the senior prisoner, a U-Boat commander, and the two must match wits, knowing that only one will emerge victorious. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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"THE MCKENZIE BREAK" The Ultimate Escape Film See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence, language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

April 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Kapitänleutnant Willi Schlueter aka Wilhelm Modersohn aka Kapitan Willi Schleuter aka Silent Willi aka Captain Willi, is based on Otto Kretschmer who can be seen in The World at War: Wolf Pack: U-Boats in the Atlantic - 1939-1944 (1974). Kretschmer actually co-ordinated a real-life partially successful escape from Canada's Bowmanville POW Camp 30 in September, 1943. See more »

Goofs

The Jeep used is a civilian CJ 3B model, first introduced in 1953. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Captain Jack Connor: Willi, looks like we're both in the shithouse.
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Soundtracks

SYMPHONY NO.3 E-FLAT MAJOR, OP.55 -- 1st & 2nd Movements
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Excellent, but sadly neglected WWII-gem
10 October 1999 | by Renaldo MatlinSee all my reviews

An irish intelligence officer (Keith) has been given the unwanted task of figuring out what is going on in a british P.O.W. camp for german officers. He suspects the captives, under command of a submarine captain (Griem) are planning a major prison break, and during his investigation has several confrontations with his german counterpart. Brian Keith gives us one of his best performances opposite Helmut Griem (also memorable) in this suspenseful and highly original World War II drama. If you enjoy realistic war movies that doesn't deal with "guys on an impossible mission", you should love the underrated McKENZIE BREAK.


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