The Colditz Story

  • U
  • Guy Hamilton (1954)
  • UK
  • 93 min
The Colditz Story
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

One of seemingly dozens of PoW dramas made in the early to mid-1950s (The Wooden Horse, Albert RN), this is set in the infamous German fortress of the title. The story about the daring escapes undertaken by Allied prisoners has little time for the psychology of imprisonment (unlike the popular BBC TV series of the 1970s), but the action is still well played - tense at times, music-hall jolly at others. John Mills is perfectly cast as Pat Reid, on whose first-hand account the film is based, and Eric Portman, Ian Carmichael, Lionel Jeffries and Bryan Forbes are the other inmates of heroic hue. Director Guy Hamilton would go on to gain greater acclaim with a different kind of escapism when he directed Goldfinger in 1964.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring John Mills and Eric Portman. The heavily guarded Colditz castle in Germany is considered escape-proof by the Nazis. But the Allied prisoners of war, all veterans of other escape attempts, refuse to admit defeat.

Cast and crew

Cast

Pat Reid
John Mills
Colonel Richmond
Eric Portman
Mac
Christopher Rhodes
Harry
Lionel Jeffries
Jimmy
Bryan Forbes
Robin
Ian Carmichael
Richard
Richard Wattis
Dick
David Yates
Kommandant
Frederick Valk
Priem
Denis Shaw
Fischer
Anton Diffring
Franz Josef
Ludwig Lawinski

Crew

Director
Guy Hamilton

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U
Categories
Drama

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