The Colditz Story
|The Colditz Story|
|Directed by||Guy Hamilton|
|Produced by||Ivan Foxwell|
|Written by||Guy Hamilton
|Based on||The Colditz Story by Pat Reid|
|Music by||Francis Chagrin|
|Editing by||Peter Mayhew|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films
Distributors Corporation of America (US)
|Running time||93 minutes|
It is based on the book written by Pat Reid, a British army officer who was imprisoned in Oflag IV-C, Colditz Castle, in Germany during the Second World War and who was the Escape Officer for British POWs within the castle.
British, French, Dutch and Polish Prisoners of War (POWs), of many other nationalities who have repeatedly made escape attempts but have been recaptured, are sent to Oflag IV-C, a supposedly secure castle in Saxony, in the heart of Germany, during World War II. At first the different nationalities try to initiate their own plans until the Senior British Officer (SBO) steps in and suggests co-operation between the different contingents. At first, the coordination fails because one of the prisoners is supplying information to the German guards. After he is discovered, plans remain secret. There then follow a number of escapes; some successful, some not.
The prisoners of Colditz are high-spirited and eager to needle the Germans. The escape officer of the British contingent, Patrick Reid (Mills), assists in the escape of other prisoners and finally carries out his own escape. The culmination of his escape, his successful crossing into Switzerland, is not depicted in the film.
- John Mills as Pat Reid
- Christopher Rhodes as Mac McGill
- Lionel Jeffries as Harry Tyler
- Bryan Forbes as Jimmy Winslow
- Guido Lorraine as Polish officer
- Anton Diffring as Fischer
- Richard Wattis as Richard Gordon
- Ian Carmichael as Robin Cartwright
- Eric Portman as Colonel Richmond
- Frederick Valk as Kommandant
- Denis Shaw as Priem
- Theodore Bikel as "Vandy", Machiel van den Heuvel
- Keith Pyott as French colonel
- Eugene Deckers as La Tour
- Anthony Faramus as British officer
- Peter Swanwick as Lutyens
Production notes 
The film was the fourth most popular movie at the British box office in 1955.
- STEPHEN W. "Noted on the British Movie Scene." New York Times Apr 26 1959: X7
- "'The Dam Busters'." Times [London, England] 29 Dec. 1955: 12. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.