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The Colditz Story (1955)

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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
Anton Diffring ...
Fischer
Richard Wattis ...
Richard Gordon
Ian Carmichael ...
Robin Cartwright
Eric Portman ...
Colonel Richmond
Frederick Valk ...
Kommandant
Leo Bieber ...
German Interpreter
Denis Shaw ...
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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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escape | nazi | guard | subterfuge | stage | See All (21) »

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Excitement ! Suspense ! Action ! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

26 February 1955 (Sweden)  »

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Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song sung by the POWs in the theatrical revue towards the film's end, "I Belong to Colditz", is a parody of one of Will Fyffe's signature songs, "I Belong to Glasgow." The sequence also parodies Flanagan and Allen's double-act, including the song, "Underneath the Arches" [Refer - Bud Flanagan and Chesney Allen]. See more »

Goofs

According to the calendar on the Kommandant's desk during his interview with Colonel Richmond about moving the Polish prisoner, the date is "Dienstag Oktober 4" (Tuesday October 4). October 4 did not fall on a Tuesday at all during WW2, although it did in 1955, the year of the film's release. See more »

Quotes

Fischer: There is too much noise!
Harry Tyler: [nervously, as there are Polish POWs hidden in the room] Oh, I'm sorry. We were laughing.
Fischer: Ah, laughing! Oh, I see, you have the British humor. Well, Englishmen will laugh at anything...
[Tyler smiles and nods]
Fischer: ... but most people laugh at nothing. Here you will not laugh for long! Here you will remain until the war is won - by Germany! There will be no escape unless you wish to die!
[Sarcastically as he is leaving the room]
Fischer: Now you can laugh if you wish.
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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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Featured in Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Bless 'Em All
(uncredited)
Variously attributed to Fred Godfrey or to James Lally (as Jimmy Hughes) and Frank Kerslake (as Frank Lake)
Performed by the British prisoners
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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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