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The Great Escape (1963)

 -  Adventure | Drama | History  -  4 July 1963 (USA)
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Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

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Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war (POW's) 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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Hours ago... Minutes ago.... These men were behind barbed wire. See more »


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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When the Bavaria Studio's backlot proved to be too small, the production team obtained permission from the German government to shoot in a national forest adjoining the studio. After the end of principal photography, the company restored (by reseeding) some 2,000 small pine trees that had been damaged in the course of shooting. See more »

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In the tunnel, Colin's socks alternate between grey and white between shots. See more »

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Goff: [Sedgewick has just descended into the tunnel entrance] Was that Sedgewick with his steamer trunk?
POW: Who else?
Goff: I wish he was back in Australia with his kangaroos.
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Outstanding Entertainment
11 February 2004 | by (Oregon USA) – See all my reviews

Credit should be given to the brilliant score by Elmer Bernstein. If you listen to it closely, it literally is a battle between the Allied Prisoners (flutes & woodwinds) and the Germans (tubas). The escape scenes with the little boat on the scenic german river is evocative of Wagner and his heroic Germanic Operas. The scenery of the German countryside and the Alps is breathtaking. I believe that the scriptwriters emphasized the heroism, humor, and character of the prisoners to make an uplifting statement of what is essentially a cruel and tragic story. As a child growing up in the seventies, our 7th grade glass was reading the Paul Brickhill book and we had the opportunity to meet a former (American) Stalag Luft III prisoner from that era. He had arrived at the camp after the Great Escape, but was placed on the monument detail for the 50 executed men. He said that few men seriously contemplated escape after this incident and the emphasis was on surviving the war and going home alive.


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