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Colditz (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | War  -  27 March 2005 (UK)
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Four Brits tunnel out of a German POW camp. One is killed, two are recaptured and one escapes. Scottish Corporal Nicholas McBride, the lone escapee is a slacker and reluctant soldier, but ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nicholas McGrade
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Lizzie Carter
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Jack
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Willis
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Lt. Colonel Fordham
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Bunny Warren
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Rhett Barker
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Sawyer
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Venning
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Mullan
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Barnes
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Hewitt
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Mary
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Jill
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Fritz Werner (as Rudiger Vogler)
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Four Brits tunnel out of a German POW camp. One is killed, two are recaptured and one escapes. Scottish Corporal Nicholas McBride, the lone escapee is a slacker and reluctant soldier, but is coerced into the secret MI9 Unit and participates in the facilitation of other escapes. Wills and Jack Rose, the two escapees who were recaptured are transferred to Colditz, a medieval castle in Saxony which has been refitted as an escape-proof, high security institution to house recitative prisoners who repeatedly attempt to escape. At Rose's request McBride looks up Rose's girlfriend in Britain only to find out he is falling in love with her. When the faithful Lizzie rejects the advances of the smitten McBride, he uses his influence to fake Jack's death so as to clear any obstacles to Lizzie. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Brothers In Arms... Rivals In Love

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Drama | War

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Rated R for some violence, language, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of the reasons Colditz was suitable to be refitted as a POW camp was that it was built on an outcropping of solid rock, making tunneling almost impossible. After serving as a general POW camp in 1939, it was later converted into a high security camp for recidivist escapees, the only amp in which guards outnumbered prisoners, the majority of the which were initially British, French, Poles, and Dutch. All in all, 130 prisoners escaped the grounds but depending on the source referenced, only 30, 31, or 32 of these were ultimately "home runs." See more »

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At about 32 minutes into part two, Jack is leafing through a German magazine. The photo on the cover was taken about a year later, during the Battle of the Bulge. See more »

Quotes

Nicholas McGrade: They're dropping me on the Italian border. Secure a couple of rat-lines.
Bunny Warren: [Sarcastically] What do you want... a kiss?
Nicholas McGrade: Not from you.
[after a pause]
Nicholas McGrade: Are you married?
Bunny Warren: [Turning to face him] Queer as a coconut! Didn't they tell you? You want fatherly advice? Well, you won't get it here!
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Features The Girl Was Young (1937) See more »

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Where or When?
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Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers (1937)
Instrumental version heard during officer's club dance.
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Fine war yarn, with melodramatic ending
29 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

COLDITZ

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

(2 episodes)

A desperate POW (Tom Hardy) plots escape from Colditz after learning that a former inmate (Damian Lewis) has returned to London and stolen Hardy's fiancée (Sophia Myles).

Lively addition to the 'heroes of WWII' subgenre, filmed on location in London and the Czech Republic, and directed with cinematic flair by Stuart Orme (THE PUPPET MASTERS). Richard Cottan's screenplay (co-written with Peter Morgan, based on the book by Henry Chancellor and the 2000 TV series "Escape from Colditz") cross-cuts between events at Colditz castle - where Hardy and fellow inmate Laurence Fox (DEATHWATCH) hatch multiple escape plans, only to be thwarted by a combination of bad luck and reckless bravado - and the less-interesting relationship which develops between Lewis and Myles, though the two plot threads merge neatly for a melodramatic finale. Lewis gives the showiest performance, playing a selfish character whose charming demeanor masks a propensity for greed and violence, though Hardy and Fox are suitably intense in crucial supporting roles. James Fox (father of Laurence) and Timothy West make extended cameo appearances as senior members of MI9, while former teen heartthrob Jason Priestley plays a Canadian POW whose burgeoning drug habit pays lethal dividends. Fine cinematography and production values.


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