The British War Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 27/05/2002
  |  460 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Four film box set of classic 1950s British World War 2 drama. 'The Colditz Story' is a docu-drama starring John Mills, Eric Portman and Lionel Jeffries, re-telling the experiences of Allied prisoners-of-war who were held in Colditz Castle. These POWs were strictly monitored as they were a high risk category and had constantly tried to escape whichever prison they where previously placed in. Despite being outnumbered by their guards, the prisoners of Colditz continued to achieve their goal - freedom. The film inspired the 1972 TV series 'Colditz'. 'The Dam Busters' tells the true story of Dr Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave), whose invention of the 'Bouncing Bomb' is greeted with scepticism. However, RAF Wing Commander Guy Gibson proves the bomb's worth in a daring mission to destroy the German Ruhr Dams. In 'Ice Cold in Alex' John Mills stars as an officer leading his small unit after the fall of Tobruk. Two English Army officers and two nurses drive an ambulance through occupied North Africa to Alexandria. They pick up a South African officer and more than once avoid capture and death whilst crossing the German lines and minefields laid on the way. However, as the South African officer begins to undermine their confidence, they come to suspect him of being a German spy. Finally, in 'The Cruel Sea' Lt. Commander Ericson (Jack Hawkins) has already lost one ship to an enemy attack when he is given command of the frigate Saltash Castle. A subsequent confrontation in the North Atlantic tests Ericson's leadership to the limit once again, as he risks sacrificing the lives of his crew for the greater good.