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The Password Is Courage (1962)

British NCO Sergeant-Major Charles Coward escapes from the Stalag VIII-B POW camp and is mistakenly awarded with the Iron Cross by the Germans.

Director:

Andrew L. Stone

Writers:

Andrew L. Stone (screenplay), John Castle (based on the biography of Charles Coward by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Sgt. Maj. Charles Coward
Maria Perschy ... Irena
Alfred Lynch ... Cpl. Bill Pope
Nigel Stock ... Cole
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Unterofficer
Richard Marner ... Schmidt
Ed Devereaux ... Aussie
Lewis Fiander ... Pringle
George Mikell George Mikell ... Necke
Richard Carpenter Richard Carpenter ... Robinson
Bernard Archard ... 1st Prisoner of War
Ferdy Mayne ... 1st German Officer at French Farm
George Pravda ... 2nd German Officer at French Farm
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... German Doctor
Michael Mellinger ... Feldwebel
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Storyline

A World War II British officer named Charles Coward, having been captured by the Germans, tries everything he can to escape. In the process, among many other adventures he gets awarded the Iron Cross. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Der Fuehrer Made Two Mistakes-Starting a War...and Capturing Charlie! See more »

Genres:

War | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

21 December 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coragem é a Senha See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The television series "Hogan's Heroes" (1965) shares many similarities to this film. The regular characters in "Hogan's Heroes" are characters straight out of this film, and many of the antics in the series are things that happen in the movie. However, there is no mention of Mr. Coward's autobiography or of this film in any of the "Hogan's Heroes" credits. See more »

Goofs

When a jeep full of American soldiers, fighting through Germany stops to talk to Coward and his men, one of them is black, though there were no integrated U.S. armed forces until 1948. By WesternOne. See more »

Quotes

Sergant-Major Charles Coward: We are soldiers. We've got to make every effort we can to escape. That's our duty!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Certain of the characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious and any similarity between such characters and actual persons is purely coincidental. See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant Major
(uncredited)
Written by Art Noel and Don Pelosi
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What a great movie should be.
5 March 2003 | by nfallerSee all my reviews

This film was made without a Hollywood plot and mega stars. The story is one of personal courage and one man`s refusal to ignore war crimes. Charley Coward was a true hero he never gave up . This movie is one of breed of true stories without glamour


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