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The Colditz Story (1955)

Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German POW camp housed in a Medieval castle.

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Cast

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Christopher Rhodes ...
'Mac' McGill
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Harry Tyler
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Jimmy Winslow
Guido Lorraine ...
Polish Officer
Witold Sikorski ...
Polish Officer
A. Blichewicz ...
Polish Officer
B. Dolinski ...
Polish Officer
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Fischer
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Richard Gordon
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Robin Cartwright
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Colonel Richmond
Frederick Valk ...
Kommandant
Leo Bieber ...
German Interpreter
Denis Shaw ...
Priem

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Storyline

Colditz castle was used by the Nazis to hold the "bad boys", (those who regularly tried to escape from other camps). At all times the guards outnumbered the prisoners and, because some political prisoners were also held there they were *very* strictly monitored. But if you put all those people in one place and they're all trying to escape, well ... Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The stirring, amazing adventure of how British, French, Dutch, Polish and Canadian POW's escaped from Germany's 'escape-proof' castle ! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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26 February 1955 (Sweden)  »

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The Colditz Story  »

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£136,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The character portrayed by John Mills, Capt. Patrick Reid, is based on P.R. Reid, author of the novel on which the film was based. Reid, imprisoned at Colditz 1940-42 until his successful escape, also was technical consultant on the film. The German security officer, Paul Priem, also is portrayed (by Denis Shaw) under his actual name. Priem had died in 1943. All the other character names were invented for the film. See more »

Goofs

Christopher Rhodes is listed as "Chistopher Rhodes" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Richmond: [watching a particularly rough game in the excercise yard] Who was it said our ancestors were apes?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: GERMANY

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Connections

Referenced in Commandos 2: Men of Courage (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Underneath the Arches
(uncredited)
Written by Bud Flanagan and Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
Performed by Lts Cartwright and Gordon
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A classic of the genre
19 December 2007 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Shot in stunning B&W Colditz is exactly what you'd want from a 1950s British war film - horrible conditions, very stiff upper lips, and lots of self-deprecation and self-deprecating humour.

THe surprise is how well it is directed and the acting - all of which are classic for its genre. Now overshadowed by bigger productions like the fictional Guns Of Navarone, Colditz is actually probably one of the truest to its source material, and is a rewarding view.

For this viewer it is notable because it is at times an uncomfortable watch - it really did try to understand what being in Colditz meant - and yet it is exciting, human, and full of wonderful moments.

Highly recommended.


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