The Colditz Story

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The War Collection UK Dvd (1955)
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    Single Disc [2007]

  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Classification: U

  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes

    ‘Easily one of the best prisoner-of-war films to come from any British studio' ~ PAUL PAGE

1955, 94 MINS, BW, UK

  • Director: Guy Hamilton
  • Writers: William Douglas-Home (dialogue), Ivan Foxwell
  • Release Date: 25 January 1955


  • John Mills ... Pat Reid
  • Eric Portman ... Colonel Richmond
  • Frederick Valk ... Kommandant
  • Denis Shaw ... Priem
  • Lionel Jeffries ... Harry Tyler
  • Christopher Rhodes ... 'Mac' McGill
  • Richard Wattis ... Richard Gordon
  • Ian Carmichael ... Robin Cartwright
  • Bryan Forbes ... Jimmy Winslow
  • Theodore Bikel ... Vandy
  • Eugene Deckers ... La Tour
  • Anton Diffring ... Fischer

    (Ivan Foxwell Productions Ltd.)

  • The Colditz Story is a taut, real-life belter of a picture, based on the personal experiences of the author, Pat Reid.

    Colditz Castle, in the heart of Saxony, was the fortress to which the German High Command sent officers who had attempted to escape from conventional prison camps. They regarded it as impregnable although they threatened the death penalty for anyone attempting to break-out.

    Film has loads of suspensful situations mixed with good-natured humour to strike an excellent balance between the grim and the natural. The all-male cast keeps the story rolling at a lively pace and its one of those films where the hour and a half just flies by.

    Star of the cast for me is Eric Portman, who gives a distinguished performance as the British colonel. Not surprising really, for Portman outperformed everyone in all of his films! Mills plays Pat Reid.

  • Colditz was thought by the Nazis to be impossible to escape from so in WW2 they made the somewhat rash decision to house there together all the most frequent escapees from amongst the Allied POWs – their story is immortalised in The Colditz Story. Based on the novel by Nicholas Monserrat.

  • An outstanding and factual World War II drama about Allied POWs held in Germany's most secure wartime prison, The Colditz Story is based on the best selling memorirs of Colditz Castle escapee Major Pat Reid.

  • John Mills excels in the central role - ably supported by a distinguished turn from Eric Portman as Colonel Richmond - in a taut, authentic and gripping yarn from future Bond Director Guy Hamilton. Easily one of the best prisoner-of-war yarns to come from any British studio, the film is leavened in good-natured humour to strike an excellent balance between the grim and the natural.


  • Ages of the stars at the time of the making of the film:

      JOHN MILLS, 46
      ERIC PORTMAN, 53

  • Filming locations included:



    Official UK release. OPTD0665.

    Dvd Features:

      []  Widescreen 1.85:1
      []  Dolby Digital Mono
      []  Languages - English
      []  Region 2 / PAL / Black & White
      []  Running Time 93 Minutes

    Condition: New.

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