The Great Escape (1963)

The Great Escape (1963)
  • Time: 172 min
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama | History
  • Director: John Sturges
  • Cast: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough


Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war (POW’s) are all put in an ‘escape proof’ camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the film is played for comedy as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use boats and trains and planes to get out of occupied Europe.

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  • No film conjures up as much cheery, yet suspicious whistling as the classic John Sturges war film The Great Escape, based on the mass escape of British and Commonwealth prisoners from German POW camp Stalag Luft III.

    The year is 1943, and the German High Command have build a specialised POW camp to house the most troublesome prisoners, namely those that are constantly attempting to escape. As the senior British Officer, Grp. Captain Ramsey (James Donald) says to the Commandant, Colonel Von Luger (Hannes Messemer), it is the men’s duty to try to escape and that is exactly what they plan to do. The men spend the first few days trying different escape methods, which only result in the American Captain Hilts (Steve McQueen) “Cooler King”, and the short Officer Ives (Angus Lennie) the “Mole” being sent to the Cooler, which they both seem quite proud of. After the arrival of Sqn. Leader Roger Bartlett (Richard Attenborough) “Big X”, a meticulous plan is designed to take out 250 men underground, one of the most ambitious escapes ever attempted.

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