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.
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.
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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Steve McQueen accepted the role of Hilts on the condition that he got to show off his motorcycle skills. See more »
When the tunnel collapsed on Willie, Danny went in and pulled him out by his feet. The guys outside the tunnel, pulling them both out by the ropes, pulled Willie out of the tunnel first. If Danny went into that narrow tunnel last, he'd be the first one out; -not Willie. See more »
[arriving at Stalag Luft III]
How far are the trees, Danny?
Over... two hundred feet.
Yeah, I'd say three hundred.
Long ways to dig.
We'll get Cavendish to make a survey. I wish Big X were here.
Willy, you think X got away?
Well, he'd have sent us word somehow if he had.
Gestapo, you think?
Either that or he's dead.
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The Great Escape should be a movie every one has seen. It's the definitive P.O.W. movie -- and all other films in the genre fail to compare. It should be noted that this isn't just a Steve McQueen movie (although he is bound to be everyone's favorite character), but this is an ensemble piece with great performances by Richard Attenborough, James Garner, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, and Charles Bronson. Wonderful build-up, great middle, and a terrific ending. This film is classic.
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