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Breakout (1959)

Danger Within (original title)
In 1943, an Italian-administered P.O.W. camp for captured Allies goes through a series of failed escapes only to culminate in a daring plan for a dramatic mass escape.

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Don Chaffey

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Bryan Forbes (screenplay), Frank Harvey (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.
Bernard Lee ... Lt. Col. Huxley
Michael Wilding ... Major Charles Marquand
Richard Attenborough ... Capt. 'Bunter' Phillips
Dennis Price ... Capt. Rupert Callender
Donald Houston ... Capt. Roger Byfold
William Franklyn William Franklyn ... Capt. Tony Long
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Capt. Pat Foster
Peter Arne ... Capitano Benucci
Peter Jones ... Capt. Alfred Piker
Ronnie Stevens ... Lt. Meynell, 'The Sewer Rat'
Terence Alexander ... Lt. Gibbs
Andrew Faulds ... Lt. Comdr. 'Dopey' Gibbon, R.N.
Steve Norbert Steve Norbert ... Lt. Pierre Dessin
Cyril Shaps ... Lt. Cyriakos Coutoules
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Drama set in an Italian prisoner of war camp during World War 2, where a group of British soldiers find their plans for escape thwarted by a mysterious traitor in their midst. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breakout See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The novel by Michael Gilbert, upon which this movie was based, is titled "Death In Captivity". See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, when Capitano Benucci realized an escape is happening, he is seen running around the camp with his pistol in his hand. The pistol is an automatic, but when he shoots the "traitor" hidden behind the blanket, the closeup shows a revolver. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Huxley: [the prisoners are discussing the corpse of a man discovered in an escape tunnel] Obviously we must report this to the Italians at once.
Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.: Report it, aye, but do you have to tell them where you found him?
Lt. Col. Huxley: Yes, of course we do. Their doctors will prove he died under a fall of sand. That means only one thing - a tunnel.
Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.: Well just for the record, if you tell 'em the truth, you'll be making them a present of the only tunnel in this camp with a real chance.
Lt. Col. Huxley: What alternative do you suggest?
Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.: Put him in ...
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Opening credits prologue: North Italy Summer 1943 See more »

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Referenced in Two Way Stretch (1960) See more »

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""Ne Partez Pas Deja"
Composed by Henry Himmel
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Excellent POW Drama
8 July 2005 | by john2winSee all my reviews

Although similar but not as good as Stalag 17, this is one of the best British POW movies. The script is fast paced, the cast is excellent, the acting is top draw , without hamming it up. And like Stalag 17 there is a traitor in the camp. The film blends drama with a good whodunit, and throw in the Camp's production of Hamlet as a ploy to enable a mass escape is an absolute joy. Dennis Price, Bernard Lee,Richard Todd, Peter Arne and a who's who of British actor's make this such an enjoyable film. Richard Attenborough's performance as always is superb. I rate this film and recommend it to anyone who enjoys War-Drama movies. Danger Within is being shown on Channel Four on Tuesday afternoon 12th of July, please watch it, if i had a VCR i would record it!. This film deserves a quality DVD release in it's original aspect ratio, so whoever own's the rights please do something about it.


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