The McKenzie Break (1970)

mckenzie break “You seem to have won an argument over handcuffs” – Willi

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Feb 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A battle of wits in an Allied run POW camp between a German prisoner and the British commandant is blown out of proportion when the prisoners attempt an escape during WWII.

My Take on it – I have always been a huge fan of movies like The Great Escape (1963) and was looking forward to seeing this because it was a similar kind of story that was told from the German perspective.

Unfortunately, the story is so boring and fails on so many levels.

The battle of wits between the officers was completely dull and wasn’t inspirational at all.

Bottom Line – Less than mediocre copy of The Great Escape (1963) that doesn’t work on so many levels.  Was expecting a fun and interesting escape movie but instead it’s just a dull battle of wits between two commanders.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This movie is at least partially based on fact. According to the book ‘Brassey’s Guide to War Films’ by Alun Evans, ” . . . there really were cases of Nazi POWs murdering fellow prisoners after holding a ‘court of honour’, and of a U-boat attempting a pre-arranged pick-up of German escapees.” The movie, The 5th Day of Peace aka Crime of Defeat also features a Nazi German POW court of honour. Interestingly, both these movies prominently feature German Nazi prisoners-of-war inside the camp chanting the same Nazi battle anthem hymn.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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