After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war (POWs) are all put in an 'escape proof' camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the film is played for comedy as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use boats and trains and planes to get out of occupied Europe. Written by
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No American POW's particapated in the actual "great escape "as suggested in the movie. Some american POW's helped with the digging of tunnel "Tom" but they were moved to another camp, seven months earlier before the "escape" As the Germans had suspicions something was going on. See more »
When Hilts is escaping on the motorbike, he clearly gets lost and has no idea which direction Switzerland is in. But as the weather is sunny, he could have easily used the sun's position to go west. See more »
How many you taking out?
Two hundred and fifty.
Two hundred and fifty?
You're crazy. You oughta be locked up. You, too. Two hundred and fifty guys just walkin' down the road, just like that?
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The Great Escape is a classic war movie with plenty happening in it. It just so happens that it is my all time favourite having seen it 60 times since it first was released. Steve McQueen , as Hilts, was the driving force behind this movie. He seemed to tie everything together between the American and British prisoners especially in the scene where they were celebrating the 4th of July with the drums and good ole fashioned American moonshine. The Great Escape contains one of the most famous movie scenes of all times when McQueen has half of the German army chasing after him while riding his motorcycle trying to jump the barb wire fence to get to Switzerland. All in all, The Great Escape had a cast of actors that was so strong that it was a wonder they got this movie made in the first place with all of the egos involved. James Garner, Charles Bronson, Angus Lennie, James Coburn, etc.were absolutely awesome.
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