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The One That Got Away [UK Region 2 -PAL]
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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‘The One That Got Away (1957) is the story of Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, (Hardy Kruger), the sole German PoW successfully to return to... Read more
Watched this after reading the book (at age 12!). Boys Own stuff and we'll worth the watch.Published 9 months ago by Stuart Mcmillan