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The McKenzie Break
The McKenzie Break
Actors: Brian Keith, Helmut Griem, Ian Hendry, Jack Watson, Patrick O'Connell
Director: Lamont Johnson
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
PG     2000     1hr 48min

Brian Keith leads an acclaimed international cast in this poignant and powerful WW II drama fraughtwith action, suspense and the haunting reality of war. Keith stars as Captain Jack Connor,a fast-talking, hard-drinking, t...  more »


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Actors: Brian Keith, Helmut Griem, Ian Hendry, Jack Watson, Patrick O'Connell
Director: Lamont Johnson
Creators: Michael Reed, Tom Rolf, Arthur Gardner, Jules V. Levy, Sidney Shelley, William W. Norton
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Espionage, Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 01/18/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1970
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1970
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 48min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 5/27/2010...
Perhaps one of Brian Keith's best performances. A smart, entertaining escape story. Well-acted, believable, and well-written. Worth watching.

Movie Reviews

A solid war movie with an unusual twist!
Roger J. Buffington | Huntington Beach, CA United States | 02/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of my favorite war movies, although it certainly never got the acclaim that many bigger-budget films have received. "The McKenzie Break" is the story of a remote British-run POW camp for German Kriegsmariners and Luftwaffe officers in Scotland. The Germans are of course planning an escape, led by the ruthless Captain Schlutter, (a U-Boat Captain determined to get his trained men "back into the war") competently played by Helmut Griem. Brian Keith plays the British intelligence officer given a special assignment to deal with the situation at Camp McKenzie.Of course, the notion of German POWs plotting to escape an Allied POW camp puts a unique twist on the usual POW theme, and in my opinion it works well in this film. The storyline moves along briskly and holds the viewer's interest. Bravo performances by Brian Keith and Helmut Griem carry the movie, and I felt that the cinematography and the on-location filming gave the film an excellent aura of authenticity. All in all there is a great deal about this film to like.Don't compare this one to "The Great Escape" or any other POW film, because it isn't like any of them. "The McKenzie Break" stands on its own, and in my opinion does so very well."
Exciting Escape-From-POW-Camp film | Bellingham, Wa | 02/28/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Personally, I thought that this gritty film was a lot better than the splashy, silly and more expensive "The Great Escape". It is definitely more suspenseful and a lot more realistic. Worth watching."
Excellent, Realistic POW Film | 09/07/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A film in the tradition of The Great Escape, although this one is much better in my opinion. It's the flip side of the coin. The German's are the POW's. A must see."