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Great Escape (1963)

Director: John Sturges     Starring: James Garner Steve McQueen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40237740
UPC: 027616905710
UPC 14: 00027616905710
Rating: NR
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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

"A great adventure picture, tense with excitement, rich in character.  The Hollywood Reporter
"[The Great Escape] entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs...  Variety

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Collector's Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/12/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 172 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1963
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 101343
Video UPC UPC: 00027616905710
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charles Bronson
Video Cast Info James Garner
Video Cast Info Richard Attenborough
Video Cast Info Steve McQueen
Video Cast Info Bert Henrikson - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Daniel L. Fapp - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Elmer Bernstein - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Ferris Webster - Editor
Video Cast Info James Clavell, et al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info James Clavell, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info John Sturges - Director
Video Cast Info Paul Brickhill - Based on Novel By


Oscar (1964)
   Video Award Name Ferris Webster, Nominee, Best Film Editing

Professional Reviews

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

"[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

Apollo Leisure Guide 8 of 10
For those of us born after the 1950s, it's difficult to comprehend that in 1963, the Second World Wa - Brian Webster

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