The One That Got Away 1957

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This taut war drama is based on a true story. After being captured and taken to Britain, German ace pilot, Fran Von Werra manages to escape and make it back home. He was the only German prisoner to do this.

Starring:
Hardy Krüger,Michael Goodliffe
Runtime:
1 hour 46 minutes

The One That Got Away

Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Action & Adventure
Director Roy Ward Baker
Starring Hardy Krüger, Michael Goodliffe
Supporting actors Colin Gordon, Alec McCowen, Terence Alexander
Studio ITV
BBFC rating Universal, suitable for all

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lindley Walsh on 24 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
I first saw this movie when I was 12yrs old on T.V. and as I recall I enjoyed it then.The acting is first rate especially the German actor Hardy Kruger who plays Oblt Franz von Werra a Luftwaffe fighter pilot shot down during the Battle of Britian.
It tells von Werra's story from England where he escaped twice to his third successful escape from Canada.He was the only German POW to escape from Allied captivity and return to Germany.The film remains true to the Book of the same name by Kendal Burt & James Leasor.
I like the fact that von Werra's Messerschmitt 109 E-4 in the film looks as it should unlike the later Spanish built version used in the 1969 film the Battle of Britian.A great movie for a dull Sunday.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
This is one of the better WWII movies about an escape from a prisoner-of-war camp. The story is taut and suspenseful. The odds against success are high but we wind up rooting for the man anyway. The guy is handsome, competent, resourceful and self-confident to the point of smugness. No, the guy isn't played by Steve McQueen. There is no ball-bouncing in a prison cell. The man is Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, played by the German actor Hardy Kruger. Von Werra's Messerschmitt is shot down over England on September 5, 1940. He is captured, interrogated and sent to a prisoner of war camp for officers. He turned out to be the only German captured on British soil who ever escaped and made it back to Germany.

Von Werra turns out to be a committed German officer, determined to escape, and with enough drive, ingenuity and luck to escape from British camps three times. The first time sees him staggering for five days through mud and freezing rain to try to reach a British port and a neutral ship. When he's finally recaptured he's half dead. The British send him to a much tougher camp in the north. This time he organizes a tunnel dig, figures out how to make fake identity discs and how to convert rag-tag clothing into something passably civilian. On this break von Werra manages to talk himself onto a RAF base posing as a Dutch pilot. He's captured while seated in the cockpit of a Hurricane trying to get it started. He planned to fly back to Germany. Now the British ship him off to a prisoner-of-war camp in Canada. They figure that'll take the starch out of his determination to return to Germany. They didn't figure that von Werra would realize the significance of the United States being a neutral country and how close the train taking him to the camp would be to the Saint Lawrence River border.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Dec 2010
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I like Prisoner of War films, my favourites being The Great Escape and The Colditz Story. This film is a bit different to those two, its main character is a German, a German named Franz Von Werra. This is his story, he is the only Axis Prisoner of War to have escaped back to Germany. His first two escapes were from camps in England and the last (and successful) one was in Canada.

Hardy Kruger puts in a great performance as the cocky young German,it is exciting throughout and never gets boring. The film is in black and white but that doesn't take anything away from it. It must have been contraversial at the time because Kruger was once a member of the Hitler Youth.
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First saw this film about 55 years ago when I was at my prep school. Loved the concept of an heroic German with whom one could identify. Hardy Kruger's portrayal of Franz von Werra made a lasting impression on me. I remember subsequently reading the book which if I recall closely followed the film or should I say vice versa. Later on I would watch some horrific holocaust films which I found sickening but educational. By contrast the One that Got Away is a story about the courage and determination displayed by a Luftwaffe pilot shot down in England, These are qualities which the German football team displayed to win their fourth world cup. The England side need to take note!!!
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2013
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This is the amazing, true story of Franz Von Werra, the only German to escape from a British POW camp and return to fight again in Germany. (Unfortunately, we learn this in the opening credits, so a lot of suspense is spoiled right off.)

As Werra, Hardy Kruger is handsome, charismatic, and a good actor. His experiences make being a POW look like going to scout camp but with better food and less supervision. It seems odd that Britain would make a movie with a German hero and fairly incompetent Brit guards so soon after WWII, but he is quite endearing and I was rooting for him.

It is a thrilling and enjoyable story and inspired me to read about the real Von Werra. Recommended.
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By Ian lawrence on 26 Jan 2013
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I enjoyed the qualiety of the DVD, great service with a high standard of service posted and package to high standard very happy.
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This is one of my favourite films from before 1960, Hardy Kruger is a brilliant actor in it and is probably his best film. If you are interested in films about war or escape films then this should become part of your collection!
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By P. M. Dome on 4 Jun 2012
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Hardy Kruger gives a stunning performance in this British war classic. Based on a true story,as a crashed German pilot on English soil. and his numerous attempts, to get back to Germany.Managing to escape several times when captured.

A film I remember watching as a child one cosy afternoon home from school, that I never forgot, and I'm now pleased to own. An action adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat, and spurring him on. A film of human endurance and courage in the face of adversity. If you like old black and white British war movies, with plenty of action and adventure, and a great story. then this maybe for you. A rare classic and a real treat. LOL .
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