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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 (novel), 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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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

Captain Patrick Reid (Sir John Mills) was based on P.R. Reid, author of the novel on which this movie was based. Reid, imprisoned at Colditz from 1940 to 1942 until his successful escape, also was the Technical Consultant on this movie. Paul Priem (Denis Shaw), the German security officer, was also portrayed under his actual name. Priem had died in 1943. All of the other character names were invented for this movie. See more »

Goofs

Christopher Rhodes is listed as "Chistopher Rhodes" in the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Fischer: There is too much noise!
Harry Tyler: [nervously, as there are Polish POWs hidden in the room] Oh, I'm sorry. We were laughing.
Fischer: Ah, laughing! Oh, I see, you have the British humor. Well, Englishmen will laugh at anything...
[Tyler smiles and nods]
Fischer: ... but most people laugh at nothing. Here you will not laugh for long! Here you will remain until the war is won - by Germany! There will be no escape unless you wish to die!
[Sarcastically as he is leaving the room]
Fischer: Now you can laugh if you wish.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: GERMANY

1940 See more »

Connections

Spin-off Colditz (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

I Belong to Colditz
Written by Will Fyffe (uncredited)
parodied from the late Will Fyfe's famous "I Belong to Glasgow"
by kind permission of Mrs. Will Fyffe
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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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