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The One That Got Away (1957)

Hardy Kruger , Colin Gordon , Roy Baker  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hardy Kruger, Colin Gordon, Michael Goodliffe, Terence Alexander, Jack Gwillim
  • Directors: Roy Baker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007HS8WFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,389 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is the dramatic true story of Franz Von Werra, the only German prisoner-of-war in Britain to escape and return to his homeland. During the Battle of Britain, his plane is hit and it plunges down onto British soil. Even though the pilot is captured, he is extremely confident and focused on his plan: to escape and return home against all the odds. Starring Hardy Kruger, who was a real-life prisoner of war, as von Werra in his first UK production. Product Specs: DVD5; Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono; RT - 106 minutes; B&W/ Aspect Ratio - 1.78:1 / 16x9; Year - 1957; SRP - $14.99

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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. Please note that elements of the plot are discussed.

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.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Balanced Perspective July 6, 2008
By Terry57
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This is one of those movies that make you realize there was more than just one side in WWII.

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!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Escape Stories of WWII June 5, 2006
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Hardy Kruger gives an outstanding portrayal of a WWII German Aviator captured and determined to escape by any means.

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"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY November 19, 2009
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one really is "Based on a True Story" May 1, 2009
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is an exciting WWII film that is based on Kendal Burt's book detailing the real life exploits of Swiss born Franz von Werra, a German pilot who is captured by the British when his plane crashes. Von Werra is played with a muted but still smug swagger by Hardy Kruger,a favorite of mine since SUNDAYS AND CYBELE (LES DIMANCHES DE VILLES D'AVRAY) which won the Oscar for Best Foreign film in 1962. The pilot's sole goal is to be assigned to a POW camp so he can go about the business of escaping, the Brits however, are more concerned with trying to pry information out of him--even going so far as to suggest that his well-known heroics might be all so much fakery and they will expose his deceit to the other German prisoners. No go, he ain't buying it even though what they say may very well be true. He simply doesn't care.

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic war film very enjoyable
Published 17 days ago by Timothy Bashford
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Movie!
In black and white, but what a movie. Hardy Kruger gives the performance of his life.
Published 1 month ago by Don P. Desilva
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice film, full of suspense, despite its age
This is a really excellent film, full of suspense and it's well worth watching despite its age. In fact, its age turns to be quite an advantage, since the characters, the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dimitrios
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by none
5.0 out of 5 stars The One that got Away DVD
Good Fact Based Old War Movie
Published 3 months ago by Bartley Rejrat
5.0 out of 5 stars The One that Got Away
A very good movie, well made with a very good story line and well acted, if you are into war themed films, then this is one to watch.
Published 15 months ago by Brian A. Minnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely done!
Technically speaking, the two faults I find are in the opening scene. After Oberleutnant Franz von Werra crashes his Bf109E (Emil), the canopy opens up hinged on the port side,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. M. Steiner
3.0 out of 5 stars The film is shot in 1950s style with few special effects.
Swiss-born, Franz von Werra was the only German PoW to escape and make his way back to fight again.

The film is a true story, based on the book of the same name, and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by V. R. Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent War movie!
This is an excellent War movie starring Hardy Krüger as a German Flight Officer who was shot down over England in 1940 and tried numerous times to escape which is based on a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rick Lane
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This was a clean and exciting movie from beginning to end. I would recommend it to any family library.I give it A plus.
Published 18 months ago by Produce Man
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