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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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put a fence in front of these men...and they'll climb it... See more »


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4 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran escape  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Richard Attenborough was cast at short notice after the first choice pulled out. See more »

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When Ashley Pitt is in the tunnel, the topsoil is a sandy color and the tunnel soil is dark. In reality it was the other way around with the topsoil being gray and tunnel soil being yellow. See more »

Quotes

Willie: [arriving at Stalag Luft III] How far are the trees, Danny?
Danny: Over... two hundred feet.
Willie: Yeah, I'd say three hundred.
Danny: Long ways to dig.
Willie: We'll get Cavendish to make a survey. I wish Big X were here.
Danny: Willy, you think X got away?
Willie: Well, he'd have sent us word somehow if he had.
Danny: Gestapo, you think?
Willie: Either that or he's dead.
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A Great Escape
27 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time as a nine year old boy on a big screen in the Bronx. I'm now in my 40's. I have seen it many times since but not on the big screen. It was meant for the big screen! It's on my top five list along with The Sand Pebbles. It's a great movie about hope and freedom and man's responsibility to his fellow man. These men are all near saints; James Garner insisting on Donald Plesence making the escape, Charles Bronson fighting his claustrophobia. Steve McQueen is the star among the stars, not merely because of his motorcycle skills but for his attempt to save a life and for bringing the game of "off the wall" to the masses. :-)


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