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The Great Escape

1963

John Sturges
Director
Mirisch Company
Studio
United Artists
Studio

Based on a true story; a large group of men attempt a bold and daring escape from the confines of a heavily-guarded prisoner-of-war camp during WWII.
Memorable, career-defining performances are witnesed through the wide angled lens of Daniel L. Fapp's camera, which doesn't allow for too many close-ups of the stars. Legendary stories of McQueen's off-set antics and a guaranteed slot on tv over the annual Christmas holidays in the UK, this ranks up there as one of the best war movies ever made. ~ The Lord

The best of the big war movies of the 60s. Hugely entertaining, great score, great stunts. McQueen's best role, perhaps. Terrific support from Donald Pleasence. Let down slightly by Bronson and Coburn, saddled with awful accents. A must have for all budding escapologists.~ The Sloth

See also Great Escape II, an unsuccessful sequel made in 1988.

CountryArtworkTitleReleaseFormatRatingRuntime (Mins)Aspect
20th June 1963
Cinema
2.35:1
4th July 1963
Cinema
2.35:1
Great Escape
31st March 1998
DVD
Not Rated
172
2.35:1
Great Escape (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
18th May 2004
DVD
Not Rated
172
2.35:1
6th June 2005
DVD




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Steve McQueen
Captain Virgil Hilts
The Cooler King
James Garner
Flight Lieutenant Hendley
The Scrounger
Richard Attenborough
Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett
"Big X"
James Donald
Group Captain Ramsey
The SBO
Charles Bronson
Flight Lt. Danny Velinski
The Tunnel King
Donald Pleasence
Flight Lt. Colin Blythe
The Forger
James Coburn
Fl. Officer Louis Sedgwick
The Manufacturer
Hannes Messemer
Kommandant Von Luger
David McCallum
Lt. Commander Eric Ashley-Pitt
Dispersal
Gordon Jackson
Flight Lt. Sandy MacDonald
Intelligence
John Leyton
Flight Lt. William Dickes
The Tunneler
Angus Lennie
Flying Officer Archibald Ives
The Mole
Nigel Stock
Flight Lt. Denys Cavendish
The Surveyor
Robert Graf
Werner
The Ferret
Jud Taylor
Goff
Hans Reiser
Herr Kuhn
Harry Riebauer
Stratwich
William Russell
Sorren
Robert Freitag
Capt. Posen
Ulrich Beiger
Preissen (Gestapo)
George Mikell
Lt. Dietrich
Lawrence Montaigne
Haynes
Robert Desmond
Griff
Til Kiwe
Frick
Heinz Weiss
Kramer
Tom Adams
Dai Nimmo
Karl Otto Alberty
Steinach
Bud Ekins
Stunt: Motorcycle Jump
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German official
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Tower Guard #1
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Tower Guard #2
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Wearysloth: Notes