1960s The Last Escape (1970)

Published on September 12th, 2012 | by Chris


The Last Escape (1969)

Movie by:
Walter Grauman

Reviewed by:
On September 12, 2012
Last modified:October 24, 2012


Not great, not bad. A mediocre soul-less romp through WWII that ultimately leaves you hungry for some real action.

I'm on the fence on this one. (That happens a lot doesn't it)... The problem with The Last Escape isn't so much that its a bad movie, because its not, really.  It's just not that good.  A celebration of mediocrity might describe it best.  A product of its time.

Captain Lee Mitchell (Stuart Whitman) is sent to capture a German rocket scientist, von Heinkin (Pinkis Braun) before the Russians can get to him.  He's sent a squad of Brits to lend a hand, although he may have been better off without them, as they mostly wind up as target practice.  As luck would have it, they wind up being forced to take an entire group of civilians along for the ride.  As further luck would have it, they have to do this the hard way.  Of course.

Of course, there is a saboteur-slash-traitor in their midst, and if you're paying any sort of attention, you know who it is early on.  (And they even give this away in the trailer!? Inconceivable!)

Along the way they get into a few battles which, like I said, aren't terribly bad, but are just so full of the typical "rat-tat-tat lets spray everything" and heart-clutching deaths, and what not that made their way into war movies from the westerns....  If I hear that "metal wire snap" ricochet sound effect one more time, just one more time!!!

There's also some wanton destruction of what were probably considered mere war surplus vehicles at the time, but made me cringe horribly.  Check the trailer below to see what I mean.

Whitman is lacking as the action hero here.  He just doesn't have the persona to pull it off.  Not sure why that is, exactly.  He's got the face and the voice for it, but he just doesn't do it.   A bit too wooden and stoic, maybe?  I know its a war/action movie, but Mitchell's character is just too one-sided.

I have to capitulate and give The Last Escape 3 stars here.  Because I just can't decide it I liked it or not.  Would I watch it again?  Probably not, but I won't call it terrible.

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A Romantic Comedy set in WWII. Garners Superiors force him (A Devout Coward) to carry out a plan to insure that the first casualty on D-Day is a Sailor. As D-Day nears, Garner realizes that sailor just might be him.


  • Deluxe Letter-Box Edition. Black & White. 1 Hour 57 Minutes. Not Rated.
  • Digital Video Transfer. CX Niose reduction.


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