The temptation to label this escapist entertainment is just too great. Actually, it's a prosaically inspirational docu-drama on PoW heroism in the notorious World War II fortress, which unambitiously substitutes an obliquely nationalistic self-portrait for the critical resonances of an ostensibly similar film like La Grande Illusion.
Cast and crew
Guy Hamilton, Ivan Foxwell, PR Reid
John Mills Eric Portman Christopher Rhodes Lionel Jeffries Bryan Forbes Ian Carmichael Richard Wattis Frederick Valk