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The Birdmen (1971)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History | War  -  18 September 1971 (USA)
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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 »

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Major Harry Cook
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Halden Brevik / Olav Volda
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Schiller
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Tanker
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Colonel Morgan Crawford
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Focus Flaherty
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Sparrow
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Davies
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Donnelly
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Orville Fitzgerald
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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 Jeff Popp <jeff.popp@attws.com>

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They used to boast there were only two ways to escape from Hitler's Beckstadt prison... to die...or to sprout wings

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18 September 1971 (USA)  »

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Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen  »

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All of the main prisoner characters have last names that begin with the letters "A" through "D" so that they could be called quickly during roll call scenes. See more »

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A balloon can be seen holding Flaherty's kite aloft. See more »

Quotes

Schiller: Major, I'm afraid we are both in a great deal of trouble.
Cook: Why don't you break out the scotch first? My leg is killing me!
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Referenced in Chicken Run (2000) See more »

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Die Gedanken Sind Frei
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Nineteenth Century German Folk Song
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Performed at the funeral of a slain prisoner of war
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A WWII Escape movie with heart
1 January 2001 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

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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