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Colditz 

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During World War II, four Britons 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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Damian Lewis ...  Nicholas McGrade 2 episodes, 2005
Sophia Myles ...  Lizzie Carter 2 episodes, 2005
Tom Hardy ...  Jack 2 episodes, 2005
Laurence Fox ...  Willis 2 episodes, 2005
James Fox ...  Lt. Colonel Fordham 2 episodes, 2005
Timothy West ...  Bunny Warren 2 episodes, 2005
Jason Priestley ...  Rhett Barker 2 episodes, 2005
Guy Henry ...  Sawyer 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Whitelock ...  Venning 2 episodes, 2005
Scott Handy ...  Mullan 2 episodes, 2005
Juliet Howland ...  Mary 2 episodes, 2005
Eve Myles ...  Jill 2 episodes, 2005
Joseph Beattie ...  Barnes 2 episodes, 2005
Rüdiger Vogler ...  Fritz Werner 2 episodes, 2005
Luke Neal Luke Neal ...  Hewitt 2 episodes, 2005
Werner Daehn ...  Ullman 2 episodes, 2005
Armin Dillenberger ...  Meisner 2 episodes, 2005
Charles Edwards ...  Ellways / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Daniel Hawksford Daniel Hawksford ...  Cole / ... 2 episodes, 2005
Stephane Cornicard ...  Leblanc 2 episodes, 2005
Robert Cambrinus ...  Tony de Jongh 2 episodes, 2005
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During World War II, four Britons 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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Taglines:

Brothers In Arms... Rivals In Love

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, language, nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Colditz See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At about 32 minutes into part two, Jack is leafing through a German magazine. The photo on the cover was taken about a year later, during the Battle of the Bulge. 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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Connections

Features Young and Innocent (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Danube Waltz
Composed by Johann Strauss
Heard when pages crammed with phonograph records are opened)
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War Movie with a love story
17 May 2005 | by sitisapuraSee all my reviews

This movie is much like what Pearl Harbour did to Tora, Tora, Tora (the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbour). It's a story with love interwoven among prisoner of wars. If you are looking for a good prison escape war movie, you'd be disappointed as they are loop holes all over. I was attracted by the trailer that said that "an escape from the tightest security prison" And if you are hoping for a full love story, it doesn't make it either. The plot is also shallow. However, the cinematography is excellent. I like the way it was filmed: the scenes in the prison was often in greyish-brownish tones and the military intelligence headquarters in brighter colours. Switching around the locations using this technique kept me interested all the time. The ending could have been better but is rather abrupt. I'd watch it again, if I was someone looking for a love story in war time setting. The trailer shown could be better. And in the opening scenes - a line "an officer and gentleman" was used. It was certainly not what it was meant to be.


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