Cautions: mild violence, and potential ethical confusion
The One that Got Away is as strangely satisfying as it is intriguing, and as a prisoner of war movie in which the main character and relentless escapee is the young, arrogant, brilliant villain, Nazi officer Franz von Werra, The One that Got Away has a very unique appeal. Von Werra, anything but a fictional character, escapes by wit, skill and nerve as he is captured and recaptured, edging his way closer and closer to freedom, but ultimately unable to escape justice. The movie’s plot and style are best suited to older children and adults.
1957 | Roy Ward Baker | 106 min Watch Trailer
After his airplane is hit by anti-aircraft guns, a man crash lands, but is unhurt.
A Nazi pilot is said to have gone down with his plane.
There is very mild intensity during the main character’s escapes and recaptures.
Potential Ethical Confusion
The main character is the villain of the story, and is portrayed as such. The appropriate response to his intriguing escape attempts is to enjoy his creativity and perseverance (even to the point of wanting to see his plans all the way through to success), but to be glad each time he is confronted by justice, whether human or divine. This is the response the movie was crafted to produce, but younger children, or adults who are unfamiliar with the inherent evil of Nazism, may possibly mistake the main character’s brilliance for rightness.
Cigarettes appear throughout.