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The Great Escape (1963)

Cast: Bud Ekins, Steve McQueen, Steve McQueen, more...
Director: John Sturges, John Sturges
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM
Genre: Action, Drama, Classic Action/Adventure, Prison, Adventure, Classic Action/Adventure, War, WWII, Classics, Classic Action/Adventure
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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The Great Escape is based on the true story of a group of Allied prisoners of war who managed to escape from an allegedly impenetrable Nazi prison camp during World War II. At the beginning of the film, the Nazis gather all their most devious and troublesome POWs and place them at a new prison camp, which was designed to be impervious to escapes. Immediately, the prisoners develop a scheme where they will leave the camp by building three separate escape tunnels. Richard Attenborough is the British soldier who masterminds the whole plan, and who commands his motley squad--featuring Charles Bronson as a Polish trench-digging expert, James Garner as an American with a talent for theft, Donald Pleasence as a masterful forger, and Steve McQueen as an American rebel--through the construction of the tunnels and, eventually, their escape. An epic adventure film, The Great Escape runs nearly three hours, featuring a rousing Elmer Bernstein score and exciting action sequences -- including a notorious motorcycle chase between McQueen and the Nazis -- the likes of which had never been seen before in Hollywood productions. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Movie Guide

Special features:

  • Cast & crew audio commentary

GreenCine Member Ratings

The Great Escape (1963)
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7.61 (163 votes)
The Great Escape (Bonus Disc) (1963)
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7.45 (29 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

Steve is God by pmoore October 13, 2005 - 8:39 AM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
He is the ultimate action hero!

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