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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this one to your "POW escape stories" collection.
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...
Published on 26 May 2000 by brucek@tpg.com.au

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie but a bit dated
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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add this one to your "POW escape stories" collection., 26 May 2000
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brucek@tpg.com.au (Canberra, Australia) - See all my reviews
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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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars British pluck, resourcefulness and courage, exemplified by John Mills, 12 Jun. 2007
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C. O. DeRiemer (San Antonio, Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Colditz Story [DVD] [1955] (DVD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the best prisoner-of-war yarns to come from any British studio., 26 Jan. 2015
This review is from: The Colditz Story [DVD] [1955] (DVD)
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Despite having an interest in the story of the POWs held in Colditz during the Second World War (I love the BBC series from the early 70s and have seen countless documentaries about the subject) I had never got round to seeing this version until now. Because of the aforementioned series I'm pretty familiar with many of the characters and incidents depicted, but I still found much to like in this charming film.

John Mills is, as always, an incredibly likable figure as Captain Pat Reid, the man in charge of assessing and coordinating escape attempts by the British POWs. Guy Hamilton, who would later go on to direct four Bond films, is a steady pair of hands. While much of the supporting cast have little to do, they all do a decent job with the standout being Eric Portman as Colonel Richmond. Who as the most senior officer is afforded a little more luxury than the others, but also has at times some very tough decisions to make. The scene between Portman and Mills after the Colonel's intervention has possibly caused the death of an inmate is simmering with tension and hostility all being held back by a sense of duty and respect; it really is the stand out moment in the film.

At times it feels a little like a montage of various attempts to escape the castle and perhaps a slightly longer running time would have helped to flesh out some of the other POWs a bit more, but overall this is a delightful and very well made film with a great mixture of poignant and comedic moments, and one I can see revisiting often.
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8 of 9 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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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC BRITISH CINEMA, 11 Jun. 2012
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Wonderful film that depicts the great resilience of spirit to overcome apparently impossible obstacles and spiritual despair from captivity.
Most of the escape attempts shown end in failure but the great imagination; perseverance and grim humour are superbly outlined. As Prince Philip once said: 'one gets on with it'!
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable. ++++, 15 Jan. 2013
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It had been a long time since we'd see this but it is still a good film, but the extra footage about the real people in Colditz and the making of the film was excellent.
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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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Escapist entertainment, 18 July 2009
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This review is from: The Colditz Story [DVD] [1955] (DVD)
I saw this when I was about 10, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Seeing it again last night, I now realise that 10 is about the right age for the audience. 'The Colditz Story' is really a ripping yarn straight out of the pages of the Eagle comic, when the Second World War was depicted as a Great Adventure, in which the gallant Brits kept their upper lips stiff, and no-one swore, or was tortured, or maimed or died painfully.

Everyone in Colditz behaves as if they're still in school, with the naughty but likeable pupils cooking up daring japes and wheezes, while the German schoolmasters bumble around ineffectually, handing out detention slips when they catch the truants. The worst punishment is 'solitary confinement' which is neither solitary (the prisoners share cells) nor confined (they get allowed out for exercise). Despite the guards vowing to kill everyone who is caught escaping, only one POW is actually shot (tastefully, in the distance, no blood here!).

The Germans are portrayed as comic caricatures - mostly overweight, slightly inept and the officers sporting handlebar moustaches or monocles. It's the perfidious French who are the real enemy in this film, and not to be trusted with any secret escape plans.

Despite all of the above, it's still pretty enjoyable. Who's going to pass up the chance of watching such stalwarts as John Mills, Ian Carmichael, Lionel Jeffries and Bryan Forbes strutting their stuff? But don't kid yourself that German POW camps were anything like this. This is war portrayed as a game of cricket or rounders, with only the Brits playing by the rules, knocking Jerry for six, and running up a tally of successful 'home runs'.

Howzat!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars British War Films at their best., 24 Nov. 2012
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I collect the Older British War Films and this is quite a good one and being John Mills it always has a class of it's own. And being based on a true story, shows how keen the prisions were to annoy their captors.
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