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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
Director John Sturges' assistant Robert E. Relyea was an amateur pilot and offered to fly the plane for the sequence in which Hendley and Blythe commandeer a plane for their escape. In one segment, he had to simulate the plane losing power and descending over a line of trees. According to Relyea, a farmer in his field saw the plane with its Nazi insignia coming in low over his head and threw his rake at it. Another time, Relyea was arrested when he had to put the plane down in a field that happened to belong to a German aviation official. He also piloted the plane in the crash shot, knocking himself unconscious and being taken to the hospital where he woke up later feeling a sharp pain down his back.
What do they call a mole in Scotland?
Ives: A mole?
On the left side of the screen in the closing scene, as Hilts walks to the cooler, the camera track is visible between the fence and the warning wire.
Some TV versions edit the scene in which Ives is shot and killed for trying to escape over the fence.
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