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The Colditz Story (1954) was a War - Drama Film directed by Guy Hamilton and produced by Ivan Foxwell.

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Colonel Richmond: [watching a particularly rough game of soccer in the excercise yard] Who was it said our ancestors were apes?


Colonel Richmond: [discussing the death of Mac] We had a talk. I did the talking mostly. I was very unpleasant to him. I told him straight that he was too big. I told him every sentry in the camp was gunning for him - that he hadn't a hope of getting past the guards, and he agreed. I recommended him to think of standing down. There the discussion ended.
Pat Reid: And his life as well!
Colonel Richmond: The fact that he's dead hasn't escaped me, Pat!
Pat Reid: [resentfully] That sentry didn't kill him!
Colonel Richmond: [angrily] Watch your tongue or get out!
Pat Reid: We knew he was too big, but it was his idea. We were prepared to take the risk!
Colonel Richmond: I wasn't though, you muddle-headed idiot! Why can't you understand I'm not an individual like you, free to act according to my own desires! I'm senior British officer! I wish I wasn't, but I am. As such, my unfortunate responsibility is to see that British officers in here don't act like fools and lose their lives by doing it. By taking Mac with you, you might have lost half a dozen lives, not one!


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The large outer courtyard of Colditz Castle which can be seen in the film is known as the Kommandantur.
According to the movie's epilogue, prior to the liberation of Colditz during April 1945, there were a total of 320 escape attempts from Colditz Castle. Of these, there were 56 successful escapes (5 Polish; 14 British; 15 Dutch; and 22 French). The film maintains that this was "a record unequaled in any P.O.W. camp in the two world wars".
Anthony Faramus, billed here as a "British Officer" prisoner, actually was a prisoner of Germany during World War II, though not at Colditz. He was arrested in the Channel Islands early in the war, as a saboteur. He spent the remainder of the war in various German prisons, including Buchenwald and Mathausen concentration camps. He wrote about his ordeals in the book "The Faramus Story." He was also closely associated with British double agent Eddie Chapman.
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