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The Great Escape -- In the role that made him a superstar, Steve McQueen leads an all star cast in this "stunning" (The Film Daily) epic adventure about a group of Allied POWs that attempts one of the largest and most daring breakouts in history
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Director:
Writers:
Paul Brickhill (book)
James Clavell (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
4 July 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
put a fence in front of these men...and they'll climb it... See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Outstanding Entertainment See more (290 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Paul Brickhill (book)

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

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)
 
Stunts
Bud Ekins .... stunt double: Steve McQueen, motorcycle jump (uncredited)
Tim Gibbs .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... 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
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Robert E. Relyea .... assistant to producer
Wally Floody .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
172 min
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | Mono
Certification:
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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Trivia:
The film was shot entirely on location in Europe, with a complete camp resembling Stalag Luft III built near Munich, Germany. Exteriors for the escape sequences were shot in the Rhine Country and areas near the North Sea, and Steve McQueen's motorcycle scenes were filmed in Fussen (on the Austrian border) and the Alps. All interiors were filmed at the Bavaria Studio in Munich.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The planes in the airfield are American AT-6 Texan trainers painted in Luftwaffe grey. The Luftwaffe did in fact operate several AT-6s that had been captured from Belgium, who had bought them from the United States.See more »
Quotes:
[on some materials he's using for escape clothes]
Bartlett:Where in God's name did you get these?
Griffith:Hendley.
Bartlett:Well, where did he get them?
Griffith:Well, I asked him that.
Bartlett:What did he say?
Griffith:"Don't ask."
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Is this movie based on a book?
Are any of the men still alive?
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34 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding Entertainment, 11 February 2004
Author: tdemos from Oregon USA

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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