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The Birdmen (1971)

During World War II, American soldier Harry Cook is sent to Norway to aid in the defection of a scientist working on the atomic bomb for the Germans. Before they can escape Europe, they are... See full summary »

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Philip Leacock

Writer:

David Kidd
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Cast

Cast overview:
Doug McClure ... Major Harry Cook
Rene Auberjonois ... Halden Brevik / Olav Volda
Richard Basehart ... Schiller
Max Baer Jr. ... Tanker
Chuck Connors ... Colonel Morgan Crawford
Don Knight ... Focus Flaherty
Greg Mullavey ... Sparrow
Paul Koslo ... Davies
Barry Brown ... Donnelly
Tom Skerritt ... Orville Fitzgerald
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During World War II, American soldier Harry Cook is sent to Norway to aid in the defection of a scientist working on the atomic bomb for the Germans. Before they can escape Europe, they are captured and sent to a POW prison camp in a high alpine castle on the German-Swiss border. Cook must find a way to escape with the scientist before the Gestapo discover the Norwegian's true identity. Cook convinces the other prisoners to build a two person glider that can fly to Switzerland. The race is on to complete the glider before the German guards discover the plane, and the Gestapo catch up with Cook and the scientist. Written by Jeff Popp <jeff.popp@attws.com>

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They used to boast there were only two ways to escape from Hitler's Beckstadt prison... to die...or to sprout wings

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During a prisoner roll call, the German guard calls the name "Hogan", a reference to Hogan's Heroes (1965), which also featured Don Knight. The name "Baer" is also called, a reference to Max Baer, who stars in the film. See more »

Goofs

If the wingtip of the glider was visible from the castle courtyard, the launching track should have been visible as well. See more »

Quotes

Schiller: Major, I'm afraid we are both in a great deal of trouble.
Cook: Why don't you break out the scotch first? My leg is killing me!
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Connections

References Hogan's Heroes (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Die Gedanken Sind Frei
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Nineteenth Century German Folk Song
Sung by the Cast
Performed at the funeral of a slain prisoner of war
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an amazing film full of information and knowledge
17 June 2005 | by chrisjones-5See all my reviews

Colditz Castle has always been considered a place of high security. However, if Chuck Norris had been present it would have surely ensured that more men would have escaped form this famous prison.

Set high on a hill above the small town of Colditz, the sleepy village was unaware of the tensions and drama that lived within the dark and cold walls of the castle. The lessons learned within those hallowed walls held both prisoners and guardians in good stead in the free world till this day.

Chuck Connors, a master character actor, plays a believable portrait of a man fighting against the forces of evil. His flight from the castle was quite inspiring and must be used for all future Colditz films.

Be sure to view "The Colditz Story" which can only pale against this epic.

I highly recommend it to all collectors of serious war movies.


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