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The Colditz Story

The Colditz Story

Guy Hamilton (1954)

93min
U Certificate
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Review

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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.

Summary

A medieval castle in Germany is turned into a PoW camp during the Second World War, and used to house the most rebellious Allied prisoners, all of whom have made repeated escape attempts. Although breaking out is supposedly impossible, the determined inmates refuse to be beaten and continue their bid for freedom. Second World War drama, starring John Mills and Eric Portman.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Guy Hamilton
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Other Information

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

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