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The Birdmen (1971)

During World War II, American soldier Harry Cook is sent to Norway to aid in the defection of a scientist working on the atomic bomb for the Germans. Before they can escape Europe, they are... See full summary »

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writer:

David Kidd
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Cast overview:
Doug McClure ... Major Harry Cook
Rene Auberjonois ... Halden Brevik / Olav Volda
Richard Basehart ... Schiller
Max Baer Jr. ... Tanker
Chuck Connors ... Colonel Morgan Crawford
Don Knight ... Focus Flaherty
Greg Mullavey ... Sparrow
Paul Koslo ... Davies
Barry Brown ... Donnelly
Tom Skerritt ... Orville Fitzgerald
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During World War II, American soldier Harry Cook is sent to Norway to aid in the defection of a scientist working on the atomic bomb for the Germans. Before they can escape Europe, they are captured and sent to a POW prison camp in a high alpine castle on the German-Swiss border. Cook must find a way to escape with the scientist before the Gestapo discover the Norwegian's true identity. Cook convinces the other prisoners to build a two person glider that can fly to Switzerland. The race is on to complete the glider before the German guards discover the plane, and the Gestapo catch up with Cook and the scientist. Written by Jeff Popp <jeff.popp@attws.com>

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They used to boast there were only two ways to escape from Hitler's Beckstadt prison... to die...or to sprout wings

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Drama | History | War

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Trivia

During a prisoner roll call, the German guard calls the name "Hogan", a reference to Hogan's Heroes (1965), which also featured Don Knight. The name "Baer" is also called, a reference to Max Baer, who stars in the film. See more »

Goofs

Before the wing snaps on the model glider, a quick shot shows the plane to have wing struts. The model glider had none. See more »

Quotes

Schiller: Major, I'm afraid we are both in a great deal of trouble.
Cook: Why don't you break out the scotch first? My leg is killing me!
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Connections

References Hogan's Heroes (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Gedanken Sind Frei
(uncredited)
Nineteenth Century German Folk Song
Sung by the Cast
Performed at the funeral of a slain prisoner of war
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Not always believable sugarcoated war escape .......
5 June 2016 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Right from the git-go I just couldn't accept Richard Basehart as the German Commanding Oficer of the Colditz Castle prison. Sometimes he speaks English, sometimes he speaks German, which is distracting, and Basehart played more like a camp counselor that a prison warden. I think Klaus Kinski would have been a much better choice for Basehart's part, but then this is only a TV movie, so I guess that is just wishful thinking on my part. Doug McClure is also rather bland, actually normal for him, in his role as the man responsible for getting a valuable scientist out of Germany. In reality, this is nothing more than a small television film, that tries to be much more than it really is. - MERK


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen See more »

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1.33 : 1
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