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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.Read more ›
Hardy Krueger plays an excellent role. Remember him from "The Flight of the Phoenix," with Jimmy Stewart? Unlike his character in that movie, he plays a much more flamboyant figure in "The One That Got Away."
In an age where Hollywood glorifies Americans as being the only independent & courageous people on the planet, it is nice to see a little redress. Except for "Letters From Iwo Jima," I can't think of another movie that reminds us there are always men on the other side who fight & die for their country.
That brings us to the crux of the matter: Hollywood. Neither "The Boat," originally released as "Das Boot," or "The One That Got Away" was produced in America. If you want a fresh perspective on events - past and present - try looking at foreign made films.
Another reason to recommend this movie: There are no politics involved; simply the drama of one man's ordeal. Considering it was made in 1957 that is something!
The B&W in which it is shot also adds a sense of life & death drama - which it is. If you like movies that are true-to-life (as opposed to make-believe), or you enjoyed "The Boat" with Jurgen Prochnow, then this is one you will enjoy seeing.
I would love too see a remake - although not by Hollywood!
The intensity of Kruger's effort to escape makes this one of the best movies of its kind. Right up there with "The Great Escape"
Finally they give up and he's sent to a camp from which he quickly attempts an escape but is just as quickly captured and shipped off to another camp. At the second camp the escape is more organized a la THE GREAT ESCAPE but with much the same results for von Werra. And so it goes until he is shipped off to Canada with other escape prone Germans, where he makes his final bid for freedom. The fact that this film was made so soon after the end of WWII is surprising and the fact that Kruger can still makes us feel so much empathy for his character and genuinely make us hope for him to succeed is a testament to both Kruger's abilities as an actor and to the writers and to director Roy Ward Baker. Don't forget to read the epilogue and find out what happened to von Werra after he left Canada! Its very ironic.
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Who doesn't like seeing original German and British uniforms and equipment in a well written, exciting story with well developed characters? Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Scott
I liked a lot this little known, courageous and atypical 1957 war movie. It will certainly delight all amateurs of good cinema. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maciej
This is a great sleeper movie. Hardy Kruger did some great acting for the period. Rarely do we get to see WWII movies that show the prowess and determination of the Luftwaffe.Published 6 months ago by Ace Andres
Hardy Krugers first movie. I always liked him and have very few of his films. Definitely worth the money and the time to watch.Published 9 months ago by Otakar Kudrna
Got it in new condition. The movie is one of those which once you start watching you can't stop.Published 15 months ago by D Johns
In black and white, but what a movie. Hardy Kruger gives the performance of his life.Published 17 months ago by Don P. Desilva