A different version was shown theatrically in parts or Europe under the title "Operation Braindrain - Codename: Chessboard" 3. Apart from that, Colditz has absolutely nothing to do with "The Birdmen," so what possessed the makers of this DVD to retitled the film "Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen" can only be surmised to be pure sensationalism, right down to adding Nazi flags to the photo of the real Colditz Castle on the front cover of the DVD package. Looking for something to watch? 1. Unable to add item to List. Since I was a kid I have been captivated by "The Birdmen." Light, fluffy, exciting, the film is great fun for whiling away 85 minutes as long as your brain has been disengaged and tucked safely under your seat. (It vanished after the Russians "liberated" Saxony.) but it was a nice distraction for an evening, Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2018. The pair are captured, but their cover story, that they are escaped Allied air force prisoners of war, is believed by the Germans, and they are sent to the "escape proof" Beckstadt Castle. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + No Import Fees Deposit & $10.98 Shipping to France. I remember this TV movie from when I was younger and jumped when I saw that it was available. This story was inspired by true events but this escape as depicted here didn't happen. What to Watch if You Miss the "Game of Thrones" Cast, Self - POW 2. For even more, visit our Family Entertainment Guide. Apart from that, Colditz has absolutely nothing to do with "The Birdmen," so what possessed the makers of this DVD to retitled the film "Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen" can only be surmised to be pure sensationalism, right down to adding Nazi flags to the photo of the real Colditz Castle on the front cover of the DVD package. A glider is built in secret in an attic, which will be able to take two men out. Add the first question. The Birdmen, also known as Escape of the Birdmen and Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen, is a 1971 television film directed by Philip Leacock and starring Doug McClure and René Auberjonois.It was a fictionalised account based on a proposed scheme for prisoners of war to escape from Colditz Castle by a clandestinely constructed glider christened the Colditz Cock. True, these scenes would have made the story easier to understand, but you can still follow the plot since the characters refer in their conversations to what was on the scenes. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. One of these items ships sooner than the other. (archive footage). That being said a few things about this release. Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2011. Please try again. Concerning the missing footage of key scenes, they are as follows; The first involves Doug McClure when he consults the engineer "Fitz" played by Tom Skerrit in the library about a book on engineering specifically on flying. O.S.S. Now Dr Hugh Hunt, an ... View production, box office, & company info. All of that being said I like this one and will be actively seeking out a copy of the European version. Cook plots escape, while keeping the scientist's true identity from both the Germans and his fellow prisoners. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. However the war ended before they could try it. (TV Movie 2012). The prisoners knock out a wall and, with Crawford piloting, successfully launch the glider. Use the HTML below. 4. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. Anonymous. They then fly it from Colditz to see if the escape would have succeeded. In the final months of World War II, prisoners of war in Colditz began building a glider to fly out of the camp. Pity. the second scene is when the scientist character "Volda" or "Brevick" has a flashback to how his first escape plan from a top secret facility run by the Nazis fails after an attempted rescue by British Commandos.The third scene missing from the DVD / Blu-Ray release is when the blind character called "Davies" an ex British commando has a flashback to the raid on the Nazis top secret facility and how he became blind due to an exchange of gunfire during the failed raid. The Birdmen, also known as Escape of the Birdmen and Colditz: Escape of the Birdmen, is a 1971 television film directed by Philip Leacock and starring Doug McClure and René Auberjonois. ]NBC Universal should be made aware of this false advertising. It was a fictionalised account based on a proposed scheme for prisoners of war to escape from Colditz Castle by a clandestinely constructed glider christened the Colditz Cock. In the final months of World War II, prisoners of war in Colditz began building a glider to fly out of the camp. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. In the final months of World War II, prisoners of war in Colditz began building a glider to fly out of the camp. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? By far not the best of the 'based on actual events' W.W.II films, but for nostalgic reasons I'm not sorry to have made the purchase.