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Colditz

3.8 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews

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A courageous group of soldiers plot their escape from the well-fortified Colditz compound in this World War II adventure drama starring Jason Priestly, Damian Lewis, and Sophia Myles.

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  • Actors: Damian Lewis, Sophia Myles, Tom Hardy, Laurence Fox, James Fox
  • Directors: Stuart Orme
  • Writers: Peter Morgan, Richard Cottan
  • Producers: Andy Harries, Francis Hopkinson, Justin Bodle, Rupert Ryle-Hodges, Stephen Smallwood
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Subtitled, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Mti Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JBWWR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Colditz" on IMDb

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2007
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Colditz is a castle near Leipzig where during WW II the Nazis held Allied troops who were particularly at risk as escape artists. Many of the men had escaped POW camps prior to their incarceration in the huge castle, and the man in charge of the prison warns every new inmate that the castle is impenetrable: there is no possibility of escaping and those who attempt will be killed.

The film begins in London 1939 as men are preparing to leave for the front. Among them is a slightly naive but warmly human lad, Jack Rose (Tom Hardy) who has fallen in love with Lizzie (Sophia Myles), in a sweet, innocent union that represents the concept of 'the love we leave behind'. Jack leaves for duty with fellow soldiers Nicholas McGrade (Damian Lewis) and Tom Willis (Lawrence Fox) and soon they are captured by the Nazis and placed in a POW camp. Of course, being cunning lads, they soon escape only to be captured again and sent to the ominous Colditz - all except Nick. There they bond with men from home such as artist Sawyer (Guy Henry) and from other countries including France and Canada - among them Rhett Barker (Jason Priestly) who is a manipulator able to buy goods from Nazi guards including drugs to which he is addicted.

Nick is sent back to London where he meets Lizzie to tell her of Jack's safety. In time the two feel an attraction that proves to have fatal consequences because of Nick's obsession to have Lizzie to himself. Meanwhile the men in Colditz attempt multiple escapes only to be caught each time and put into solitary confinement. The drive to escape is aided by all of the inmates and yet their efforts are thwarted by colleagues turned informers for their own selfish needs.
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I found this movie to be quite fascinating. There is a great cast of actors, mostly consisting of British actors considering the film is a British production.

The movie has a pretty good portrayal of what Colditz was like during the war, while having an interesting storyline.

This movie is a good mix of History and Drama. You learn about what Colditz was like, as well as an interesting storyline back on the homefront in England.

This movie is like, "The Great Escape" but with a British flare to it. So if you are a fan of escape and evade movies, then you will definitely enjoy this film.

Even though the movie didn't have the budget of some other WWII movies that come out of Hollywood, they sure made it look excellent. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone.
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Colditz is an actual Prisnor of War camp that existed during WWII. This story centers on a group of men who are determined to escape at all costs. Some are successful and this is the story of these men. Their loves are documented and the terrible betrayal of one to another outside the walls of the prison is unimaginable. I was almost sorry to see the 2 part mini series end as the acting and plot keet us in suspense for the entire time.
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Having read the story of Colditz many times, I can attest to the loose adherence to the truth in this film, but that is okay. The acting is excellent, cinematography good to excellent, props and costume excellent, plus more.

However the storyline as regards Damian Lewis's character (which is dominant)- Nicholas McGrade - is pathetic. McGrade is a tongue-in-cheek rebel who stabs a friend in the back through his selection of a lover. If you detest stories, as I do, that will provide you with a morally coherent ending but drag you through the sewer for hours before you reach that point, than avoid this flick.

To give the reader just some idea of what I am referring to, at one point in this story, McGrade exposes the beautiful and innocent character played by Sophia Myles - Lizzie Carter - to a Nazi air-raid, rather than seek nearby shelter, and leads her to a burning building in which women and children are perishing, in order to illuminate her mind to the alleged reality that she (Carter) and he (McGrade) are uniquely blessed to be living life at such an intense level. Only an immature person could conceive of screenplay in which it is supposed that Londoners - any of them worth writing about - were rejoicing about the so called excitement of witnessing friends and neighbors perishing in The Blitz.

Do yourself a favor, reject this movie and read the book instead.ESCAPE FROM COLDITZ
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Other than the fact that it has many familiar and seriously up and coming British actors in it, there really isn't anything remarkable about this mini-series. I remember hearing how British veterans were grumbling about this film and now I can see why: they were hoping that it would treat Colditz prisoners as earnestly as Band of Brothers treated the 101st Airbourne. Heck, they even had two guys who in BoB playing major roles, but they were disappointed and for good reason. This is a chick flick in the guise of a war flick, the same sort of stuff I remember them making in the 80's and 70's and before - Hanover Street, remember that? This film goes right up that same alley, except one of the characters is so flawed that he stoops to villainy just to keep a girl. Yep, those British veterans who spent time in Colditz had every reason to grumble. Colditz was turned into a backdrop for a romance instead of truly going into what happened to the real veterans. This is a mediocre script/film with a lot of talented people in it.
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