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The One That Got Away (1958)





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The title character in this fact-based POW drama is Franz von Werra, played by Hardy Kruger. Shot down early in the war, Luftwaffe pilot von Werra is incarcerated in an English prison camp. He refuses to submit to camp routine, insisting that he's on the brink of escaping. After two failed attempts, von Werra is transferred to a camp in Montreal. If you want to know what happens next, take a squint at the title. If you want to know how he does it and why he gets away with it, catch the film. One That Got Away was based on a novel by Kendal Burt and James Leasor.

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Hardy Krüger
as Franz von Werra
Colin Gordon
as Army Interrogator
Michael Goodliffe
as RAF Interrogator
Terry Alexander
as RAF Intelligence Officer
Terence Alexander
as RAF Intelligence Officer
Jack Gwillim
as Commandant Grizedale
Andrew Faulds
as Lt. Grizedale
Julian Somers
as Booking Clerk
Alec McCowen
as Duty Officer Hucknall
John Van Eyssen
as German Prisoner
Harry Lockhart
as German Prisoner
Robert Crewdson
as German Prisoner
George Mikell
as German Prisoner
George Roubicek
as German Prisoner
Frederick Jaeger
as German Prisoner
Richard Marner
as German Prisoner
Paul Hansard
as German Prisoner
Stratford Johns
as Second Detective
Glyn Houston
as Harry 'Hurricane'
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Critic Reviews for The One That Got Away

All Critics (4)

The Brits seem to be in a generous mood acknowledging the dashing heroic feats of their black leather jacket wearing fair-haired pilot prisoner.

February 1, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

...a top-notch suspense thriller, with fine acting from everyone involved but especially from Hardy Kruger, who holds it all together splendidly.

May 5, 2012 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The German POW character played by Hardy Kruger is not terribly different from Steve McQueen's star-making role in The Great Escape - the dedicated escape artist who singlemindedly focuses on getting out of enemy clutches.

June 27, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

Stays on its toes the whole time.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The One That Got Away

"The One that Got Away" starts with Oberleutnant Franz Von Werra(Hardy Kruger) crash landing his airplane in England. When he sees the man with the meat cleaver running towards him, he knows the gig is up and surrenders promptly. But he has no intention of sticking around long for the polite English interrogation, promptly requesting a move to a prison camp. That's before he makes a bet with an English commanding officer that he will successfully escape. You can have your gaudy special effects. I'll take some good old fashioned exciting filmmaking like which is featured in "The One that Got Away," directed as well as it is by Roy Ward Baker, even if it does start a little slow.(Great title, too.) For my money's worth, Von Werra making a break for it is the most breathtaking sequence I have seen in a good long time. While there are hints to his backstory, this is also detailed in life on the homefront of England during World War II where men do not listen to women at their own peril.(Short of the current television series "Manhattan," this is also one of the few post-war entertainments that connects the World Wars.) As far as Von Werra who survived on pure bravado goes, this was actually only part of his journey, as the endnote puts it with no shortage of irony.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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