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The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988)

Allied prisoners tunnel out of a stalag, then return to avenge fellow escapees executed by the Nazis.

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Jud Taylor, Paul Wendkos
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Maj. John Dodge
Judd Hirsch ... Capt. David Matthews
Tony Denison ... Lt. Mike Corery (as Anthony John Denison)
Charles Haid ... Sgt. MacKenzie
Michael Nader ... Burchardt
Ian McShane ... Roger Bushell
Derek de Lint ... Dr. Thost
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Absalon
Andrew Bicknell ... Wings Day
Manfred Andrae Manfred Andrae ... Col. Von Lindeiner
Martin Umbach ... Pieber
Karl Knaup Karl Knaup ... Max Wielen (as Karl-Heinz Knaup)
Karlheinz Lemken Karlheinz Lemken ... Herr Schmidt
Ron Donachie ... Al Hake
Peter Dennis ... Group Capt. Massey
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Allied prisoners tunnel out of a stalag, then return to avenge fellow escapees executed by the Nazis.

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Genres:

Drama | Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den stora flykten II See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Donald Pleasence (Dr. Absalon) is the only actor to appear in both this film and The Great Escape (1963), in which he played the would-be escape Blythe. See more »

Connections

Follows The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Mostly it's the "untold story" because this isn't what happened but as entertainment it's passable
24 February 2010 | by gpmjobsSee all my reviews

The issue with this "true story" is that it was a made for America TV film, as a follow up to a cinema film that had already been twisted to add an American interest. By the time you get to the stage of this film it's very difficult to make for an audience who will have very little connection to the real story - i.e. that 76 predominantly European or Commonwealth service men escaped from a PoW camp, 73 were re-captured and under direct orders from Hitler 50 were executed in ones and twos by SS and Gestapo henchmen.

The film itself, if it didn't have the silly "untold story" tag, would be passable TV fare. The investigation, the depiction of the nature of the murders (i.e. individuals rather than the 50 in a field as per the original) are realistic whilst not necessarily being true. The fact it plays loose with who did the investigating and what actually happened is only an issue if you are looking for the true story.

If you're looking for a film about war crimes and investigating them, then as TV movies go this is OK. If you're looking for the real "untold story" then don't believe everything you see in this production.


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