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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Colonel Morgan Crawford
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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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Drama | History | War

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18 September 1971 (USA)  »

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Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen  »

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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 »

Goofs

Before the wing snaps on the model glider, a quick shot shows the plane to have wing struts. The model glider had none. 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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I've Found You At Last !
26 April 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie twice on TV in the 70's when I was only ten years old and it became my favorite movie of all time. It also made me fall in love with Rene Auberjonois. I've been searching for any news on it for THIRTY years. I even wrote to Rene to see if he could give me any info. Now here you are. People just like me who love this movie. I thought I was all alone. I've found you at last. It's been a long time to wait.For 15 years I didn't even have the name of the movie correct which made it very difficult. When people ask me what my favorite movie is and I reply "The Birdmen", they look at me like I've got a banana growing out of my ear. When all alone I've been one of a chosen few. It must be a classic movie to have endured all these years and still have an active fan base.


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