The McKenzie Break (Escape) (Wolfpack) (1970)

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Kapitan Schieutter (Helmut Griem) is the Nazi commandant confined to a British prisoner of war camp in Scotland in this suspenseful escape drama. He is the prototypical Hitler youth who has risen to U boat commander. He keeps the prisoners loose and his captors off guard by staging plays, singing songs and doing group exercises with all the enthusiasm of a summer camp counselor. Schieutter waits for the right moment to plan his escape and rendezvous with Nazi submarines off the coast of Scotland. Captain Jack Connor (Brian Keith) is the former Irish crime reporter now working for British intelligence. Jack tries to warn the camp commander Major Perry (Ian Hendry) that things at the camp are not what they seem to be and a revolt is possible. Perry is reluctant to clamp down on the Nazis fearing reprisals for British officers in Nazi prison camps. Schieutter orchestrates the destruction of a barracks in which a dozen of his own men die in order to create a diversion. Connor and Schieutter play a cerebral game of cat and mouse as the Irishman tries to stop the escape.
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PG
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions

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Cast

David Kelly
as Adjutant
Ian Hendry
as Maj. Perry
Brian Keith
as Capt. Jack Connor
Helmut Griem
as Kapitan Schluetter
Mary Larkin
as Cpl. Watt
Gregg Palmer
as Berger
Alexander Allerson
as Von Sperrle
Horst Janson
as Neuchl
Ingo Mogendorf
as Fullgrabe
Patrick O'Connell
as Sgt. Maj. Cox
Martin Dempsey
as Colonel
John Kavanagh
as Police Inspector
Noel Purcell
as Ferry Captain
Jack Watson
as Gen. Kerr
Caroline Mortimer
as Sgt. Bell
Eric Allan
as Hochbauer
Joe Pilkington
as Police Communications Sergeant
Tom Kempinski
as Schmidt
Paul Murphy
as Weber
Conor Evans
as Orderly Joss
Emmet Bergin
as Orderly Johnston
Barry Cassin
as Guard Jones
Jim Mooney
as Guard Foss
Perry Desmmond
as Accomplice
Alec Doran
as Police Official
Des Keogh
as Guard
Vernon Hayden
as Scottish Dispatcher
Maura Kelly
as Scots Lassie
Denis Latimer
as Lt. Everett
Stephen Good
as Paisley
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Critic Reviews for The McKenzie Break (Escape) (Wolfpack)

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...[Lamont] Johnson turned a routine escape drama into a compelling study of the similar ambitions and failings of two opposing characters...

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The McKenzie Break (Escape) (Wolfpack)

Somewhat unusual prisoner of war drama, it should have been more compelling, given the nature of the plot, but it is interesting throughout. Cast is fine, well filmed.

James Higgins
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