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The Colditz Story [VHS]

John Mills , Eric Portman , Guy Hamilton    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Mills, Eric Portman, Christopher Rhodes, Lionel Jeffries, Bryan Forbes
  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: Guy Hamilton, Ivan Foxwell, P.R. Reid, William Douglas-Home
  • Producers: Ivan Foxwell
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: 4 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CIKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,444 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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During the Second World War the Germans put many of the Allied prisoners-of-war (POWs) who had proved consistent escapees together in a maximum security fortress, the very name of which became a legend. Based on the book by Colditz escapee Major Pat Reid, The Colditz Story (1957) documents the further, sometimes successful, escape attempts of these extraordinarily brave, resourceful and indomitable men. Starring John Mills, Eric Portman, Bryan Forbes and Anton Diffring, and co-written and directed by Guy Hamilton, who later made The Battle of Britain (1969), this is a sober, even-handed account, that is gripping and informative, yet not without humour. Sterling performances from the cast of stalwart actors adds up to a British cinema classic. Such is the fascination of Colditz that in 1972-3 the BBC made a very successful drama series staring Jack Hedley, Bernard Hempton, Robert Wagner and David McCallum, while in 2000 Channel 4 offered a superb three-part documentary, Escape from Colditz. In contrast to the semi-documentary feel of The Colditz Story David Lean's classic The Bridge on the River Kwai, from the same year, is an epic and powerful account of POW life in barbaric Japanese prison camps. --Gary S. Dalkin

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Wartime docu-drama starring John Mills, Eric Portman and Lionel Jeffries, re-telling the experiences of Allied prisoners-of-war who were held in Colditz Castle. These POWs were strictly monitored as they were a high risk category and had constantly tried to escape whichever prison they where previously placed in. Despite being outnumbered by their guards, the prisoners of Colditz continued to achieve their goal - freedom. The film inspired the 1972 TV series 'Colditz'.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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A gripping yarn that provides a smjorgasbord of Colditz escape stories. The events portrayed are generally accurate, the acting is first-class (well, just look at the cast!) and the viewer is left with a feeling of "Well done, chaps! That's one on the nose for Jerry!"
Although I had seen this movie when it was a theatre release, this was purchased after I watched the recent TV "mini-series" on Colditz done by the BBC. The film is as enjoyable now as it was all those many years ago.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film,good blu ray. 28 Dec 2012
This is a very good film,and very faithfull to the book that was written by Pat Ried.The blu ray transfer is excellent considering the age of this movie 1955.The director Guy Hamilton does a great job with this,by the way he went on to do Goldfinger and Live and let die to name but a few.The documentary on this is also excellent,plus you get a comparrison of before and after HD upgrade.All in all a very good blu ray,well worth adding to your collection,may i also recommend the definative colditz series the BBC did that series is amazingly good.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The Colditz Story was one of a number of movies the British made during the Fifties which relived the victories and bravery of their armed services during WWII. Often these movies starred John Mills. The Colditz Story is based on fact. Colditz Castle in Germany was used to imprison the most incorrigible prisoners-of-war, those who persistently made escape attempts. British, French, Polish and Dutch officers were sent there. Unfortunately for the Germans, they wound up trying to keep inside men dedicated to escaping, and who had skills they now could share. The result was that more prisoners of war escaped from Colditz than from any other prisoner of war camp in either the First or Second World Wars.

The movie is based on the memoirs of Pat Reid (John Mills), who served as an escape officer at Colditz and then was one of the first to break out and make it back to England. While the movie is a bit dated, it also is a dramatic and efficient telling of escape attempts, ruses played against the German captors and, of course, of the unfailing courage and good spirits of the British officers. Take the film for what it is, a demonstration for British audiences of the pluck and courage of their military during a horrendously threatening war which they won, and you won't be disappointed.

If you're fond of old British movies, you'll recognize, among others, Eric Portman, Lionel Jeffries, Bryan Forbes and Ian Carmichael. The DVD I saw has a picture and audio in very good shape considering the age of the movie.
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a must have for any war film collection, showing the lighter side of trying to escape a prison camp, with a couple of laughs know as "goon baiting".
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3.0 out of 5 stars view on video 7 April 2014
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Very good movie i hadnt seen it since i was a kid well packed and it was a true story which ii am interested
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Colditz Story (DVD) 14 Oct 2013
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This DVD arrived within a couple of days. Having just been to visit Colditz wanted to see the film again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 14 Oct 2013
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Having recently visited Colditz Castle, I wanted to see the film again, so bought the DVD.
Excellent film, arrived promptly too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but a bit dated 29 Aug 2013
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A good movie which, for those that know, squeezes alot of escape attempts into a mere 90 minutes - so, all is a bit rushed. The acting however is good if a bit dated. This is a classic in the order of the Dambusters and Battle of Britain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Made a visit on my Motorcycle tour A good reminder
Published 4 days ago by Peter Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
I bought this to watch in preparation for a role in a play, where I portrayed a German masquerading as a Pole, as the accents were recommended to me by my voice coach and I needed... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Rayment
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a great yarn
In the form presented on this DVD this is certainly not one of the great epic WW2 films. It has a certain charm because of the historical associations but does not stand up well... Read more
Published 4 months ago by al'Miral
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting
have just returned from Colditz castle myself so bought this a s interested to hear the full story and now can imagine when and where it all took place.
Published 12 months ago by Jeanette Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars colditz story
I just love this film if this is a true story then thay had it hard and I am glad to call myself English .
Published 12 months ago by rodney twyman
5.0 out of 5 stars The Colditz Story DVD
My husband has the complete series of the Colditz story. I bought this because I knew he would love the film, not disappointed, a great film.
Published 15 months ago by melanie ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
It was exactly as I remembered it when watching for the first time years ago.
Good reproduction of picture and sound,
Published 16 months ago by Sandi Nuttall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Colditz
A great second world war pison story based on true events within the Colditz castle.
The plots are both humerous and interesting played by some of the best actors of the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John Graham
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