The Mckenzie Break

  • 1970
  • Movie
  • PG
  • War

This well executed, taut drama deals with German prisoners in an Allied POW camp, a rare subject in American films. Keith is an Irish intelligence agent sent to Camp McKenzie in Scotland. After a prison riot is quelled with fire hoses, Keith suspects it was merely a ruse to distract attention from an escape plot. This theory is proven to be true after Janson,...read more

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This well executed, taut drama deals with German prisoners in an Allied POW camp, a rare subject in American films. Keith is an Irish intelligence agent sent to Camp McKenzie in Scotland. After a prison riot is quelled with fire hoses, Keith suspects it was merely a ruse to distract

attention from an escape plot. This theory is proven to be true after Janson, a homosexual prisoner ostracized by his fellow inmates and severely beaten during the riot, mumbles something about an escape. But Janson is mysteriously strangled before regaining consciousness and Keith is forced into

a cat-and-mouse game with Griem, a captured U-Boat captain the Irishman suspects is behind the plan. He allows the prisoners to break free in hopes of capturing the U-Boat sent to pick up the men, but his plans go awry, and all but two of the Germans escape. Keith is left facing disciplinary

action for his failure. Suspense is nicely sustained throughout the film, thanks to the particularly strong characterizations by Keith and Griem. Though the character played by Keith is a hard drinking, unorthodox soldier, he is highly intelligent, a nice complement to Griem's more calculating but

equally brainy character.

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