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The Password Is Courage (1962)

 -  War | Comedy | Drama  -  21 December 1962 (USA)
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A British officer, captured by the Germans, tries everything he can to escape. In the process, amongst many other adventures he gets awarded the Iron Cross !! Based on a true story.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sergant-Major Charles Coward
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Irena
Alfred Lynch ...
Corporal Bill Pope
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Cole
Reginald Beckwith ...
Unterofficer
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Schmidt
Ed Devereaux ...
Aussie
Lewis Fiander ...
Pringle
George Mikell ...
Necke
Richard Carpenter ...
Robinson
Bernard Archard ...
1st Prisoner of war
Ferdy Mayne ...
1st German officer at French farm
George Pravda ...
2nd German officer at French farm
Olaf Pooley ...
German Doctor
Michael Mellinger ...
Feldwebel
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A British officer, captured by the Germans, tries everything he can to escape. In the process, amongst many other adventures he gets awarded the Iron Cross !! Based on a true story. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The only man ever awarded the Iron Cross by the enemy!!! See more »

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War | Comedy | Drama

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21 December 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apodrasis tin avgi  »

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Trivia

No mention is made of Coward being transferred to Auschwitz III labor camp located five miles from the better known extermination camp of Auschwitz II (Birkenau). Perhaps this is due to the film wanting to remain lighthearted when compared to the eponymous book. See more »

Goofs

When Sergeant Major Coward is discussing linking up with the Polish Underground, he is told that the agent is an optician somewhere in Poland, in Breslau. Breslau was in fact a German city and did not become Polish until after WW2 when the boundaries of Poland were shifted westwards and the name changed to Wroclaw. See more »

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A different angle to The Great Escape story
6 June 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Made one year earlier than The Great Escape, The Password is Courage uses the same story but viewed from a different perspective. The Great Escape revolved around a mass break out and all the different characters who helped in their own ways. The Password is Courage looks at it from one man's point of view, Sergeant Major Charles Coward, played perfectly by Dirk Bogarde. It is a much more light hearted view of his imprisonment in a POW camp and his efforts to escape and cause the Nazis as much trouble as possible (including the hilarious burning down of an entire lumber yard). It may not have the range of actors and characters of The Great Escape but for anyone who enjoyed that movie, should definitely see this as well. Even those people who find war movies boring should just give this film a try. 9/10


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