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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.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

P.R. Reid (based on the novel "The Colditz Story" by) (as P. R. Reid), Guy Hamilton (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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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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Excitement ! Suspense ! Action ! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Details

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:

GBP136,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The large outer courtyard of Colditz Castle, which can be seen in this movie, is known as the "Kommandantur". 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: "Every incident in the film you are about to see is true. With the exception of the author, Major P.R.Reid,M.B.E.,M.C., who acted as technical adviser on the film, all names have been changed and certain events have been related out of their historical context. These and only these liberties have been taken with . . . ." See more »

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Soundtracks

Underneath the Arches
(uncredited)
Written by Bud Flanagan and Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
Performed by Lts Cartwright and Gordon
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A classic of the genre
19 December 2007 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

Shot in stunning B&W Colditz is exactly what you'd want from a 1950s British war film - horrible conditions, very stiff upper lips, and lots of self-deprecation and self-deprecating humour.

THe surprise is how well it is directed and the acting - all of which are classic for its genre. Now overshadowed by bigger productions like the fictional Guns Of Navarone, Colditz is actually probably one of the truest to its source material, and is a rewarding view.

For this viewer it is notable because it is at times an uncomfortable watch - it really did try to understand what being in Colditz meant - and yet it is exciting, human, and full of wonderful moments.

Highly recommended.


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