The Great Escape (1963) Poster

Hannes Messemer: Von Luger 'The Kommandant'



  • Von Luger : It looks, after all, as if you will see Berlin before I do.

  • Von Luger : Are all American officers so ill-mannered?

    Hilts : Yeah, about 99 percent.

    Von Luger : Then perhaps while you are with us you will have a chance to learn some. Ten days isolation, Hilts.

    Hilts : CAPTAIN Hilts.

    Von Luger : Twenty days.

    Hilts : Right. Oh, uh, you'll still be here when I get out?

    Von Luger : [visibly annoyed]  Cooler!

  • Stratwitch : What are you doing over here by the wire?

    Hilts : Well, like I told Max here, I was trying to get my...

    German Soldier : [Voice]  Achtung!

    [Von Luger enters] 

    Von Luger : What were you doing by the wire?

    Hilts : Well, like I told Max... I was trying to cut my way through your wire because I want to get out.

  • Von Luger : In the past four years the Reich has been forced to spend an enormous amount of time, energy, manpower and equipment hunting down escaping prisoner-of-war officers.

    Ramsey : Well, at least it's rather nice to know you're wanted.

  • [the German camp commandant explains why so many incorrigible Allied prisoners were placed in the place Stalag] 

    Von Luger : We have in effect put all our rotten eggs in one basket. And we intend to watch this basket carefully.

  • Ramsey : [after hearing complaints about the plethora of escapes]  Colonel, do you expect officers to forget their duty?

    Von Luger : [reluctantly]  No. It is precisely because we expect the opposite that you are here.

  • Herr Kuhn : We have reason to believe this prisoner is the mastermind behind numerous criminal escape attempts.

    Von Luger : [sarcastically]  Squadron Leader Bartlett has been three months in your care! And the Gestapo has only "reason to believe"!

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