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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 ... 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)
Abigail Hayes ...
 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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Most of the cars have Berlin license plates, despite the fact that the action takes place near Leipzig. See more »

Quotes

Lizzie Carter: [as Nick is about to kiss her as they are dancing at the officer's club] I should go. It's getting late.
Nicholas McGrade: What, will you turn into a pumpkin or something?
[laughs]
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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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Dreary Historical Drama
29 December 2015 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The Colditz story has continued to exert a fascination over film and television audiences ever since the end of World War II. Guy Hamilton's 1955 film THE COLDITZ STORY had John Mills as Captain P. R. Reid planning an escape from the fortified jail and successfully doing so despite the attentions of over zealous German prison guards. In 1972 I remember the BBC series COLDITZ with a stellar cast including Robert Wagner, Edward Hardwicke, Jack Hedley and the late Anthony Valentine turning in a memorable performance as the sadistic Major Mohn, one of the German prison officers.

Sadly Stuart Orme's 2005 miniseries does not even come close to the standards set by the previous adaptations of the tale. The tale oscillates from Colditz to London, and involves a tangled romance between Nicholas McBride (Damian Lewis with an incomprehensible Scottish accent) and Lizzie Carter (Sophia Myles). There are the usual regimental stereotypes (Tom Hardy, Laurence Fox), plus a benevolent senior officer based in London (James Fox). There is also a boffin improbably portrayed as an homosexual by Timothy West.

Peter Morgan and Richard Cottan's screenplay plods on to an inevitable conclusion, with most sequences taking place in darkened rooms either in the prison or in the offices of a branch of the Secret Service in London. The German officers are predictably sadistic ('ALLO 'ALLO has a lot to answer for in this context) while the United Nations of prisoners in the camp find it difficult to co- exist. The drama is engaging enough, but one wonders why anyone actually bothered to remake the story in the first place.


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