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The One That Got Away [UK Region 2 -PAL]

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  • Actors: Hardy Kruger
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: DD Home Entertainment Ltd
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WGY6ZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,649 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The dramatic, true story of Lt. Franz von Werra - the only German POW taken in Britain during the Second World War to escape from numerous British prison camps and to successfully return to his homeland. Starring Hardy Kruger as the young Me109 pilot shot down during the Battle of Britain, this thrilling British film follows his daring escape attempts from Britain across the frozen wastes of Canada to a neutral USA.

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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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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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I liked a lot this little known, courageous and atypical 1957 war movie. It will certainly delight all amateurs of good cinema. Below, more of my impressions, with some LIMITED SPOILERS.

This film follows quite faithfully the TRUE war time exploits of a real Luftwaffe pilot, Oberleutnant Franz von Werra. In the opening scene of the film his Messerschmitt Bf 109 is shot down in the middle of Battle of Britain and he is himself taken prisoner. As the title says it openly, he will attempt to escape from captivity - many times. This film describes his adventures, fortunes and misfortunes during those efforts.

In most of my reviews of films inspired by real events I put some description of the historical facts, but here I simply cannot do it, because it would give away almost all the plot of the film. I can only say, that this film is really well done, sticking very much to the real story and trying to recreate as closely as possible the very peculiar universe of allied camps for Axis POWs in the first years of war. As most POWs flicks, this is a war film without any real fighting, but there is nevertheless a lot of suspense and drama. Nothing more will be said.

This is mostly a one-man show as German actor Hardy Kruger, who plays von Werra, monopolises most of the screen time. Kruger knew quite well the topic, as he was himself a former POW. Conscripted at age of 16 into Wehrmacht in 1944, he was in March 1945 transferred to 38 SS Division "Nibelungen" and participated in the last fights against US forces advancing into Germany. Taken prisoner by Americans at the end of war he tried to escape three times - the third time he succeeded and went back home. He was then barely 17 years old.
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I have always loved this film ever since my father took me and 5 other small boys to see it in 1957. The quality of the film reproduction is an improvement on the DVD release and Hardy Kruger is perfect as "The One That Got Away". Lastly I had not realised previously that he was a German POW and had escaped on 3 occasions.
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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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