The One That Got Away (2012)

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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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Action & Adventure, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Howard Clewes, Kendal Burt
On DVD: May 13, 2008
Runtime:
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as Franz von Werra

as Army Interrogator

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as Commandant Grizedale

as Lt. Grizedale

as Booking Clerk

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as German Prisoner

as German Prisoner

as German Prisoner

as German Prisoner

as German Prisoner

as German Prisoner

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Critic Reviews for The One That Got Away

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | May 5, 2012
Movie Metropolis

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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Stays on its toes the whole time.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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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.

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Walter M.

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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 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. No go. Finally they give 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 and yet 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 as an actor as well as the writers and the director Roy Ward Baker. Don't forget to read the epilogue and find out what happened to von Werra after he left Canada!

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