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The Colditz Story Reviews

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Super Reviewer
February 19, 2016
Damn fine POW film, by jove
½ May 13, 2014
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.
December 31, 2013
another though british WWII prison escape/POW pic like 'the great escape" or 'bridge on the river kwai" but still watchable
April 29, 2013
British lips remain resolutely stiff in this John Mills starring WWII POW film from the 1950's, on the surface its business as usual with many an escape attempt, and as the opening would imply its 'apparently' all true. A pinch of salt is recommended but Hamiltons direction and solid performances from Jeffries and Forbes along with the ever reliable Mills this is great Sunday afternoon entertainment.
January 19, 2013
A true account of the prisoners of war of a Germany's fortress The Colditz Castle. The average escape movie weakened by the lack of credible villain figures but with most of the tension that make these films generally entertaining.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ May 20, 2012
"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.
May 14, 2011
Because escaping from Nazis is great.
½ December 23, 2010
The memoirs of the character played by John Mills were used for this film, it promises that is a faithful adaptation of the memoirs and looks wonderfully of its time.
½ November 21, 2010
Classic British war time drama
October 10, 2010
Colditz est une forteresse allemande qui servit de prison durant les deux guerres mondiales. A la fin de la première guerre mondiale, aucune évasion n'avait été constaté et la forteresse avait aquis le statut d'être la prison la mieux gardée du pays.
De ce fait, durant la deuxième guerre mondiale, les allemands décident d'y enfermer tous les récidivistes d'évasions d'Allemagne. Mais au lieu de résigner les prisonniers, le fait de réunir tous ces pros de l'évasion dans un même endroit, va au contraire les stimuler. A la fin de la guerre, la forteresse de Colditz atteint le record de plus de 300 tentatives d'évasions dont plus de 50 réussirent.
Avec un sujet aussi riche, dont même une série fut inspirée et qui inspirera surement d'autres films d'évasion ("Stalag 17"), il est difficile de raté son film. Guy Hamilton, connut pour être le réalisateur de nombreux James Bond, signe donc un film plaisant plein d'humour (forcement anglais). Très connu en Angleterre, le film l'est beaucoup moins en France.
½ March 20, 2009
One of my favorite books as a child, I didn't know about the film for a while but as with most film adaptations never does live up to the literature. I'm glad I read the book first since the film alone couldn't have held my interest for long.
March 15, 2009
Probably the first War film I saw. Brilliant story
½ February 12, 2009
Historically accurate, enjoyable. All the better for being black and white
January 24, 2009
Slightly ridiculous version of Le Grande Illusion distinguished by fine performances from all. However, never escapes the confines of its class prejudice and what must be the most incompetent and softest German guards on screen
July 16, 2008
A fine adaptation of Pat Reid's book - excellent acting, top-quality sets and just the right amount of humour to lighten a dark subject without belittling it.
June 11, 2008
Another great story of how the Allied prisoners who kept escaping, were sent to this special castle. It is an amazing and entertaining story.
½ March 11, 2008
Excellent fun - comic book Nazis + stiff upper lip British officers locked in a game of "We'll escape old fruit" vs "You von't escape Britisher
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½ February 7, 2008
Agree with a review on here which show that it was a little bit like a holiday camp and that there was no real sustained threat to life if escape attempts were tried.
February 3, 2008
This film gives a great insight to what happened at colditz. Its entertaining in its own right.
February 3, 2008
Very enjoyable if somewhat sanitized version of life in a POW camp. This is boys own stuff making the effort of escaping into a bit of a game with no serious repercussions but the up yours spirit of the soldiers towards their captors is a delight.
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