Great Escape (1963)
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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|
"[The Great Escape] entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs... Variety
Editor's NoteJohn 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.
Cast & Crew
|Bert Henrikson - Costume Designer|
|Daniel L. Fapp - Director of Photography|
|Elmer Bernstein - Musical Score|
|Ferris Webster - Editor|
|James Clavell, et al. - Screenplay|
|James Clavell, et al. - Producer|
|John Sturges - Director|
|Paul Brickhill - Based on Novel By|
|Ferris Webster, Nominee, Best Film Editing|
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