Four Brits tunnel out of a German POW camp. One is killed, two are recaptured and one escapes. Scottish Corporal Nicholas McGrade, the lone escapee is a slacker and reluctant soldier, but ... See full summary »
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 Nicholas McGrade (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Lizzie Carter (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Jack (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Willis (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Lt. Colonel Fordham (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Bunny Warren (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Rhett Barker (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Sawyer (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Venning (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Mullan (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Barnes (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Hewitt (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Mary (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Jill (2 episodes, 2005)
Rüdiger Vogler ...
 Fritz Werner (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Ullman (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Meisner (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Ellways / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Daniel Hawksford ...
 Cole / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Leblanc (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Bell (2 episodes, 2005)
Petr Meissel ...
 Jan Novak (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Leipzig Contact (2 episodes, 2005)
Bogdan Cieslar ...
 Polish Translator (2 episodes, 2005)
Blanka Jarosova ...
 Mrs. M (2 episodes, 2005)
Eve Kelemenova ...
 Woman on Train (2 episodes, 2005)
Justin Svoboda ...
 Soldier on Train (2 episodes, 2005)
Joel Kirby ...
 Soldier on Train (2 episodes, 2005)
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 WVS Woman (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Tony de Jongh (2 episodes, 2005)
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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 McGrade, 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 McGrade 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 McGrade, 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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Rated R for some violence, language, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Fuga de Colditz  »

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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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Blue Danube Waltz
Composed by Johann Strauss
Heard when pages crammed with phonograph records are opened)
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Desperate Housewives meets The Great Escape
13 September 2005 | by (Chavron Chateau) – See all my reviews

This made for TV movie has a broad appeal. WWII enthusiasts will probably be lukewarm on it though. Young couples who are tired of watching reality shows may perhaps give it a go.

It starts off with some dashing suspense, but quickly dissolves into something like an episode of Desperate Housewives. (Love triangle, romantic obsession, deception, betrayal, bored inmates etc.)

All that's missing from Colditz is Teri Hatcher and a melted measuring cup.

Damien Lewis is excellent. Quite the opposite from his Band of Brothers character. Jason Priestly also has a nice small role. Again, he is nothing like his character on Beverly Hills 90210 (although I'm sure he must have felt some similarities between the two roles when he first read the script).

So, go ahead and watch it if you want to. But if you are a WWII enthusiasts (or not part of a romantic couple) then you're probably better off watching The Great Escape on DVD.


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