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The Colditz Story (1955)

Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German P.O.W. camp housed in a Medieval castle.

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Guy Hamilton

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P.R. Reid (novel), Guy Hamilton (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Pat Reid
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... 'Mac' McGill
Lionel Jeffries ... Harry Tyler
Bryan Forbes ... Jimmy Winslow
Guido Lorraine Guido Lorraine ... Polish Officer
Witold Sikorski Witold Sikorski ... Polish Officer
A. Blichewicz A. Blichewicz ... Polish Officer
B. Dolinski B. Dolinski ... Polish Officer
Anton Diffring ... Fischer
Richard Wattis ... Richard Gordon
Ian Carmichael ... Robin Cartwright
Eric Portman ... Colonel Richmond
Frederick Valk Frederick Valk ... Kommandant
Leo Bieber Leo Bieber ... German Interpreter
Denis Shaw ... Priem
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Storyline

Colditz castle was used by the Nazis to hold the "bad boys", (those who regularly tried to escape from other camps). At all times, the guards outnumbered the prisoners and, because some political prisoners were also held there, they were very strictly monitored. But if you put all those people in one place and they're all trying to escape, well, sh-t happens. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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The stirring, amazing adventure of how British, French, Dutch, Polish and Canadian POW's escaped from Germany's 'escape-proof' castle ! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German | French | Polish

Release Date:

26 February 1955 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Colditz Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Colditz Castle, Saxony, Germany See more »

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Budget:

£136,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sir John Mills resembled Colditz prisoner Mike Sinclair, alias The Red Fox. Sinclair escaped from Colditz three times. His final attempt ended in tragedy when sentries killed him on September 25, 1944. A portrait of Sinclair, drawn by John Watton, appears in "Men of Colditz" by P.R. Reid. See more »

Goofs

According to the calendar on the Kommandant's desk during his interview with Colonel Richmond about moving the Polish prisoner, the date is "Dienstag Oktober 4" (Tuesday October 4). October 4 did not fall on a Tuesday at all during WW2, although it did in 1955, the year of the film's release. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Richmond: [watching a particularly rough game in the excercise yard] Who was it said our ancestors were apes?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: GERMANY

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Soundtracks

Bless 'Em All
(uncredited)
Variously attributed to Fred Godfrey or to James Lally (as Jimmy Hughes) and Frank Kerslake (as Frank Lake)
Performed by the British prisoners
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An interesting tale....
4 May 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is named after an actual German prison camp designated for incorrigible prisoners of war--those who had already attempted escapes from other camps. And, not surprisingly, the multinational inmates spend most of their time plotting to escape. And, by the end of the film, some actually make it. In fact, the statistics on actual escapes is pretty impressive. What surprised me about all this is that the Germans were actually VERY forbearing and didn't just shoot the prisoners because of this--and the difference between these camps and the death camps is striking.

It's odd. Although "The Colditz Story" is based on a true account of prisoners escaping from this German prison camp--yet I never was bowled over by the film. I must admit that normally my biggest complaint about historical films is their inaccuracy--and this one sticks pretty close to the facts--yet I didn't really love the movie. I am not saying it's bad--the acting is very good. But I just didn't get into this film as much as some of the fictional WWII British films like "In Which We Serve" or "The Life of Colonel Blimp". It is still well worth seeing.


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