During World War II, American soldier Harry Cook is sent to Norway to aid in the defection of a scientist working on the atomic bomb for the Germans. Before they can escape Europe, they are... See full summary »
During World War II, American soldier Harry Cook is sent to Norway to aid in the defection of a scientist working on the atomic bomb for the Germans. Before they can escape Europe, they are captured and sent to a POW prison camp in a high alpine castle on the German-Swiss border. Cook must find a way to escape with the scientist before the Gestapo discover the Norwegian's true identity. Cook convinces the other prisoners to build a two person glider that can fly to Switzerland. The race is on to complete the glider before the German guards discover the plane, and the Gestapo catch up with Cook and the scientist. Written by
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During a prisoner roll call, the German guard calls the name "Hogan", a reference to Hogan's Heroes (1965), which also featured Don Knight. The name "Baer" is also called, a reference to Max Baer, who stars in the film. See more »
Cook and Brevik escape from the workers' camp wearing camp-issued laborer uniforms, but are soon running through the woods in immaculate U.S. Army and RAF uniforms respectively. See more »
Major, I'm afraid we are both in a great deal of trouble.
Why don't you break out the scotch first? My leg is killing me!
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This TV-movie adaptation of "Escape from Colditz" manages to pack all the action and intelligence from the book, fine pacing, and unforgettable emotional characterizations into 75 minutes of run time. Terrific pacing, unforgettable musical score -- another rarity for a TV movie. The best kind of history lesson -- well-told, well-acted, truly representative, and thoroughly enjoyable. See it if you get the chance.
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