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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Christopher Rhodes ...
'Mac' McGill (as Chistopher Rhodes)
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Harry Tyler
Bryan Forbes ...
Jimmy Winslow
Guido Lorraine ...
Polish Officer
Witold Sikorski ...
Polish Officer
A. Blichewicz ...
Polish Officer
B. Dolinski ...
Polish Officer
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Fischer
Richard Wattis ...
Richard Gordon
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Robin Cartwright
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Colonel Richmond
Frederick Valk ...
Kommandant
Leo Bieber ...
German Interpreter
Denis Shaw ...
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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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£136,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The large outer courtyard of Colditz Castle which can be seen in the film is known as the Kommandantur. See more »

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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: "Every incident in the film you are about to see is true. With the exception of the author, Major P.R.Reid,M.B.E.,M.C., who acted as technical adviser on the film, all names have been changed and certain events have been related out of their historical context. These and only these liberties have been taken with ...." See more »

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Underneath the Arches
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Written by Bud Flanagan and Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
Performed by Lts Cartwright and Gordon
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Typical superb British acting
8 January 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Eric Portman, the actor portraying Colonel Richmond gives a performance worthy of note. His commanding voice and presence bring you into the film and compel you to believe this is real.


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