Great Escape

Directed By: John Sturges Starring: James Garner Steve McQueen

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Steve McQueen leads an all-star cast in this stunning (The Film Daily), action-packed classic about a group of Allied POWs who attempt one of the largest and most daring breakouts in history. A masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar) and composer Elmer Bernstein, The Great Escape is one of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time!In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum security prisoner-of-war camp designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history. Together, under the guidance of the brilliant Bartlett (Richard Attenborough), the resourceful Hendley (James Garner) and the steely, determined Hilts (McQueen), the men plot, scheme and dig their way to freedom at any cost!Special Features:Audio Commentary by Director John SturgesCast and CrewTrivia TrackThe Great Escape: The Untold Story" FeaturetteThe Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones" DocumentaryFeaturettes:Return to The Great EscapePreparations for FreedomA Standing OvationBringing Fact to FictionThe Flight to FreedomPhoto GalleryOriginal Theatrical TrailerSystem Requirements: Runnimg Time 172 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE


Studio MGM
SKU 40237740
UPC 027616905710
UPC 14 00027616905710
Format DVD
Release Date 5/12/2009
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
True Story
World War II
Editors Note
Note John Sturges's dramatization of the true story of a group of British, American, and Canadian POWs who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944 is arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made. A host of big-name stars meshes beautifully in this meticulous recreation of the legendary escape. Although this is a film about courage, Sturges wisely takes a low-key approach, leavened with humor, rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics.^The German high command has filtered out all of the allies' most talented escape artists and placed them in a POW camp specifically designed to foil any unwanted departures. But as soon as they arrive, the prisoners, led by Steve McQueen as the rebellious Virgil Hilts, begin work on a series of tunnels under the direction of Roger "Big X" Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). He assigns the POWs to jobs according to their specialties. For more than a year, 600 prisoners, most of whom won't be leaving, work toward an escape that will temporarily disrupt the operations of the German army. THE GREAT ESCAPE, based on the book by Paul Brickhill, featuring many key scenes (McQueen's motorcycle chase, McQueen tossing the baseball against the cell wall, Bronson sliding on his chest in the tunnel) that are simply unforgettable.
Total Film "...THE GREAT ESCAPE is the finest, all-out entertaining movie from that pot of World War Two, multi-star films..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 07/01/2000 p.108
Premiere "[ESCAPE] features lush European landscapes, an infectious score, and McQueen's iconic motorcycle antics." 06/01/2004 p.104
Entertainment Weekly "[With] strong performances by actors as varied as Donald Pleasence and Charles Bronson..." 05/28/2004 p.109
John Sturges
James Garner
Steve McQueen
Cast & Crew
Bert Henrikson - Costume Designer
Charles Bronson - Actor
Daniel L. Fapp - Director of Photography
Elmer Bernstein - Musical Score
Ferris Webster - Editor
James Clavell, et al. - Screenplay
James Clavell, et al. - Producer
James Garner - Actor
John Sturges - Director
Paul Brickhill - Based on Novel By
Richard Attenborough - Actor
Steve McQueen - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1963
Catalog ID 101343
UPC 00027616905710
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 172 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (1964) Ferris Webster, Nominee, Best Film Editing
ReviewSource Apollo Leisure Guide
Review For those of us born after the 1950s, it's difficult to comprehend that in 1963, the Second World Wa
Reviewer Brian Webster
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Collector's Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
The Hollywood Reporter A great adventure picture, tense with excitement, rich in character.
Variety [The Great Escape] entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs...

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