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The Password Is Courage (1962)

Approved | | War, Comedy, Drama | 21 December 1962 (USA)
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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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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Der Fuehrer Made Two Mistakes-Starting a War...and Capturing Charlie! See more »

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War | Comedy | Drama

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Coragem é a Senha  »

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Trivia

The real Stalag VIII-B had double and triple rows of high barbed wire fencing and gates, not the measly single one seen in this film. Also inside the inner fence was an eight foot no-go zone marked by a wire 15 inches off the ground. A POW who went beyond this wire towards the inner fence without permission risked getting shot by a guard. 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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Opening credits: Certain of the characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious and any similarity between such characters and actual persons is purely coincidental. See more »

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Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major
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Written by Art Noel and Don Pelosi
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Stalag VIII
29 March 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This rarely seen film was presented on cable recently. In a way, this is a story that has been done before. The best thing about it is how well the copy that was shown has been kept. The black and white photography of David Boulton still looks fresh. Andrew L. Stone adapted the material as well as directed it.

Most comments seem to be divided as to this version being a carbon copy of "The Great Escape", or "Hogan Heroes", in a way, it kept reminding us of "Stalag 17", which was the basis for the television series. While the movie is not up to the above mentioned models, it shows a more realistic approach to the insanity of war and the humor the British prisoners brought to their predicament.

One thing comes clear, Dirk Bogarde was brilliant in his portrayal of Sgt. Maj. Charles Coward, a man that played a game of cat and mouse with his Nazi captors. Coward seemed to know how to escape from the Germans, only to end up being taken prisoner again, and again. He even finds love with a partisan girl during the time of war!

The film was obviously shot is England. Evidently, this was a low budget effort, and it shows. Had it been a Hollywood production, it would have been blown out of proportion, but what we really enjoy from "The Password is Courage" is the bonding one watches among all the prisoners.


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