The Colditz Story

Directed by Guy Hamilton
Film Movement Classics
97 Minutes
United Kingdom
English, German, Polish
Action, Drama, Classics, War
Not Rated
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The Germans believed that no man could escape from Colditz Castle, set as it was in the heart of the Reich, 400 miles from any neutral frontier. This film, based on Pat Reid's epic novel, tells the story of how the British, French, Dutch and Polish prisoners of war who were incarcerated in Colditz set out to prove their captors wrong.


  • John Mills
  • Eric Portman
  • Christopher Rhodes
  • Lionel Jeffries
  • Brian Forbes
  • Ian Carmichael
  • Theodore Bikel
  • Highest Rating
    "Easily one of the best prisoner-of-war yarns to come from any British studio, The Colditz Story is a taut real-life meller, based on the personal experiences of the author, Pat Reid."
  • Highest Rating
    "...a meat-and-potatoes war movie, solid in performance, direction and stiff-upper quotient."
    Ian Nathan, Empire
  • Highest Rating
    "A nicely executed tale of British pluck from 1955...."
    Ben Walsh, The Independent

Awards & Recognition

Best British Film
BAFTA Awards
Best Film
BAFTA Awards

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