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4 July 1963 (USA) See more »
put a fence in front of these men...and they'll climb it... See more »
Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
John Sturges 
Writing credits
Paul Brickhill (book)

James Clavell (screenplay) and
W.R. Burnett (screenplay)

Produced by
John Sturges .... producer
James Clavell .... producer (uncredited)
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
Art Direction by
Fernando Carrere 
Set Decoration by
Kurt Ripberger 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Steve McQueen, James Garner (uncredited)
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production supervisor
Hubert Fröhlich .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack N. Reddish .... assistant director
John Flynn .... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert E. Relyea .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Agnone .... property
Sound Department
Wayne Fury .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (as Paul Pollard)
Bud Ekins .... stunt double: Steve McQueen, motorcycle jump (uncredited)
Tim Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Robert E. Relyea .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lothar Winkler .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Don Tomlinson .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
Michael Andersen .... music copyist (uncredited)
Lloyd Basham .... music copyist (uncredited)
Saundra Berkova .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor (uncredited)
Harold Brown .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Herman Clebanoff .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dominick Fera .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Dominic Fidelibus .... music copyist (uncredited)
Wolfgang Fraenkel .... music copyist (uncredited)
Sam Freed Jr. .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Benny Gill .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Robert Helfer .... orchestra manager (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Milt Holland .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Anatol Kaminsky .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Armand Kaproff .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Nathan Kaproff .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Pearl Kaufman .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Manny Klein .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Raphael Kramer .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Abe Luboff .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarden .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Roman Maciejewski .... music copyist (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Jack Marsh .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
G.R. Menhennick .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Erno Neufeld .... musician: violin (uncredited)
John Neufeld .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Richard Perissi .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Lee Perrin .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Dorothy Remsen .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Sam Rice .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Gale Robinson .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Martin Ruderman .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Sylvia Ruderman .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Ambrose Russo .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Eudice Shapiro .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lou Singer .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Felix Slatkin .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Raymond Turner .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Paul Van Loan .... music copyist (uncredited)
Seymour Zeldin .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Robert E. Relyea .... assistant to producer
Wally Floody .... technical advisor (uncredited)
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172 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.30 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Mono
Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1993) (2002) (2013) | USA:Approved (PCA #20399) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Richard Attenborough was cast at short notice after the first choice pulled out.See more »
Continuity: When Ives drops his cup and moves towards the fence, in the background Hilts turns and starts moving towards Ives. Camera cuts to Hilts and he turns and starts moving again.See more »
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Title Card:This is a true story. Although the characters are composites of real men, and time and place have been compressed, every detail of the escape is the way it really happened.
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62 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
The greatest of escapes., 15 December 1998
Author: Peach-2 from Netherlands

The Great Escape is THE prison escape movie. The film is rich with characters and the direction by John Sturges is great. Steve McQueen is the man and the rest of the cast are terrific. This movie is heroic and shows the bravery of men in the second world war. I escape into this movie whenever I feel really down, it's a great spirit lifter and one of the greatest films of all time.

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