The Colditz Story (1955)





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During World War II, the impenetrable Colditz castle in Germany was selected as the site for a POW camp. The Germans reason that, since Colditz has been virtually impossible to get into or out of for centuries, it is ideal for housing the most contentious allied prisoners. British officer John Mills doesn't agree, and leads an escape through a subterranean tunnel. Only three of the prisoners (Mills included) survive the escape; the next step is to get out of Germany itself. Colditz Story is based on the reminiscences of P. R. "Pat" Reid, the real-life English officer portrayed in this film by John Mills. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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John Mills
as Pat Reid
Eric Portman
as Colonel Richmond
Lionel Jeffries
as Harry Tyler
Richard Wattis
as Richard
Dennis Shaw
as Priem
Denis Shaw
as Priem
Anton Diffring
as Fischer
Ludwig Lawinski
as Franz Josef
Carl Duering
as German Officer
Keith Pyott
as French colonel
Eugene Deckers
as Le Tour
Rudolf Offenbach
as Dutch Colonel
Rudolph Offenbach
as Dutch Colonel
Arthur Butcher
as Polish colonel
Leo Bieber
as German interpreter
Eric Corrie
as British officer
Guy Deghy
as German soldier
Claude Le Sache
as French interpreter
Guido Lorraine
as Polish officer
Kenneth Midwood
as British officer
Peter Myers
as British officer
Frederick Schiller
as German soldier
Peter Swanwick
as Lutyens
John Heller
as German guard
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Damn fine POW film, by jove

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

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this movie about the true lPOW camp the germans set-up at colditz castle and some british pow's that try to escape from it.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

"The Colditz Story" starts with Reid(John Mills) and McGill(Christopher Rhodes) being shown their accommodations at a castle by German soldiers in 1940 after their vacation to the Swiss frontier was cut short when they were recaptured. There they are joined by two of their own countrymen, Tyler(Lionel Jeffries) and Winslow(Bryan Forbes), along with many other soldiers from France, Poland and the Netherlands. Even with Colonel Richmond(Eric Portman) relaying orders from the Kommandant(Frederick Valk) to not attempt escaping or else risk being shot, this does not stop Reid for a second. What does hold him up is the simultaneous efforts of soldiers from the other countries. So, Richmond holds a conference whereby he assigns escape officers, one of whom is Reid, to coordinate plans. "The Colditz Story" is an entertaining movie that focuses on the light side of escapology during wartime(almost like it's all fun until somebody gets hurt), avoiding the grimness of wartime for the most part. What's surprising about the movie is how well it works as a microcosm of the polyglot Allied war effort in World War II. Instead of the English simply taking charge until the Americans accepted their invitation to the dance, everybody has to find a way to work together. As based as this is on a true story, it is a little disappointing that the 2001 Doctor Who audio drama "Colditz" was more detailed, stating clearly that Colditz was a receptacle for the more escape prone, time paradox and all. And "The Great Escape" also framed POW escapes in the context of the greater war effort.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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