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Return to 'The Great Escape' (1993) (Video)
this documentary is about the great escape the real one and the movie version

References 

Referenced in 

The Marriage Lines: Trial Separation (1963) (TV Episode)
Poster seen outside cinema
The Thursday (1964)
the untrue story invented by the father to impress the son is ispired to the Great Escape film
Three Hats for Lisa (1966)
Seen on marquee outside theatre
Batman: The Great Escape (1968) (TV Episode)
title reference
Bewitched: Cousin Serena Strikes Again: Part 1 (1969) (TV Episode)
After Serena rides into their living room on a motorcycle, she asks,"Whom were you expecting? Steve McQueen?"
Girls' School Scandal (1969)
A poster of Capt. Hilts is on a wall.
Black Angels (1970)
A poster of Hilts is in the bar.
She Did What He Wanted (1971)
Nora has a poster of Capt. Hilts.
Papillon (1973)
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?: The Likely Lads: A Special Christmas Edition (1974) (TV Episode)
Bob notes the film is a Christmas TV fixture.
Starsky and Hutch: The Trap (1978) (TV Episode)
Joey refers to this movie by name when talking about how to escape the barn.
Alice: The Great Escape (1981) (TV Episode)
title reference
Victory (1981)
Are You Being Served in Australia?: Undesirable Alien (1981) (TV Episode)
Mr Humphries suggests the theme be played at his wedding to Mrs Crawford.
Remington Steele: Lofty Steele (1984) (TV Episode)
Steele uses a tactic from this movie to survive the fire in Laura's building.
The Goonies (1985)
The music played when the kids discover the tunnel in the Fratellis' hideout by accidentally pouring water down it, is the same piece of music played in The Great Escape (1963) when the Germans discover the prisoners' first tunnel by accidentally pouring coffee down it.
Big Trouble (1986)
Metal Gear (1987) (Video Game)
Married with Children: The Great Escape (1988) (TV Episode)
title reference
Red Dwarf: Queeg (1988) (TV Episode)
In once scene, Lister and the Cat whistle the theme from the movie
Who's the Boss?: Nineteen Again (1988) (TV Episode)
When Angela tries to escape from an interrogation room, a police officer asks: "What is this? The Great Escape?"
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
When hitting the floor of the Venetian library with the metal pole, Indy matches his movement to those of the librarian stamping books to cover up the sound. The tunnelers do the same to mask the sound of their digging.
Beverly Hills Vamp (1989)
mentioned in dialogue
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Series 2 Compilation 2 (1990) (TV Episode)
John Sessions portrays a character from the Great Escape during 'Party Quirks'
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom hums "The Great Escape" theme.
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990) (Short)
"We saw all the great war movies" (one of the list)
3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
Peter jumps over a fence in a motorcycle in the same manner that Capt. Hilts does in "The Great Escape."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) (TV Episode)
As a character rides off on a motorcycle, Joel says, "It's Steve McQueen!"
The Flash: Be My Baby (1991) (TV Episode)
Barry mentions it as a classic he owns on LaserDisc.
Delicatessen (1991)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: War of the Colossal Beast (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "It's kinda like 'The Great Escape' with Glenn's head."
Empty Nest: The Great Escape (1992) (TV Episode)
title reference
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Mr. Brown mentions this film during his 'Like a Virgin' speech.
Forever Knight: Dying to Know You (1992) (TV Episode)
Nick continually bounces a baseball against the wall.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Day the Earth Froze (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: "'The Great Escape,' 30 years later"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel and Tom hum the title theme.
Seinfeld: The Glasses (1993) (TV Episode)
reenactment of scene
Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) (TV Episode)
Seen on video store shelf in 'Video Review'
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike hums the theme.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Andy uses the same method of getting rid of the dirt from his tunnel.
Love & War: The Great Escape (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable (1994) (Video)
A bit in which the film is mentioned by name and the plot outlined
Game On: The Great Escape (1995) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Cure (1995)
Erik sits in his basement throwing a baseball against the wall and catching it in his glove, just like Steven McQueen's character did in The Great Escape.
American Gothic: Strong Arm of the Law (1995) (TV Episode)
Lucas's line about criminals escapting like Steve McQueen is a reference to this film.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Jeffrey calls James' disappearance from the hospital "The Great Escape"
Goodnight Sweetheart: There's Something About a Soldier (1996) (TV Episode)
Ron refers to the roles of McQueen and Pleasance.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) (TV Episode)
Crow, Mike, and Tom hum "The Great Escape" theme.
Nash Bridges: The Great Escape (1996) (TV Episode)
title reference
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: By Inferno's Light (1997) (TV Episode)
Our heroes in the prisoner-of-war camp have many experiences parallelling key moments from the Great Escape.
Married with Children: Breaking Up Is Easy to Do: Part 1 (1997) (TV Episode)
Al offers Peggy to take her to this film.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike and Tom hum/bark the theme to "The Great Escape."
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Great Mistake (1997) (TV Episode)
From the episode title
The Longest Nite (1998)
Lau Ching Wan bounces a superball against his cell, much like Steve McQueen did in The Great Escape.
From the Earth to the Moon (1998) (TV Mini-Series)
From the Earth to the Moon: Spider (1998) (TV Episode)
Multiple reffrences including theme music and the film is named
The Parent Trap (1998)
The music that accompanies Hallie and Annie's march to the isolation cabin is taken from the scene in The Great Escape in which Steve McQueen's character is marched to prison.
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: Blood Relations (1998) (TV Episode)
Photo poster with McQueen on motorcycle from movie on Janet's wall.
The X-Files: Agua Mala (1999) (TV Episode)
A poster can be seen at Vincent's living room.
Baby Geniuses (1999)
Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999)
"The Great Escape" is mentioned during an interview.
Spin City: The Great Debate (1999) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tao of Steve (2000)
Used as an example of a "Steve;" theme music is played.
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2000) (TV Movie)
mentionned once
EastEnders: Christmas Day 2000: Part 1 (2000) (TV Episode)
Eddie says "Personally, I prefer a good film to a game show. I don't even mind if I've seen it a couple of times but it's got to be a classic." Ian replies, "What? Like The Great Escape?"
Lucky Break (2001)
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kevin Costner.
Monarch of the Glen: Episode #3.5 (2001) (TV Episode)
When Golly and Hector are locked in the dungeon, Golly asks "Tunnel or wooden horse?"
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
The password that Carl Reiner's character (Saul Bloom) gives to the courier with the briefcase in Ocean's Eleven is the same Russian phrase, "Ia vas liubliu", that Charles Bronson's character (Flight. Lt. Danny 'The Tunnel King' Velinski) taught to James Coburn's character (Flying Officer Louis 'The Manufacturer' Sedgwick) in The Great Escape. It translates as "I love you".
Mean Machine (2001)
Hart's War (2002)
Six Feet Under: The Secret (2002) (TV Episode)
Keith mentions the film.
Teachers: Episode #2.10 (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kurt.
Farscape: What Was Lost: Part 2 - Resurrection (2002) (TV Episode)
John says, "I'm not Steve McQueen. I wasn't trying to escape."
xXx (2002)
The Emperor's Club (2002)
Playing catch against a wall like Steve McQueen in this movie
Mr. Bean: The Animated Series: Hot Date/Wanted (2002) (TV Episode)
In "Wanted," Capt. Hilts is one of Mr. Bean's cellmates, throwing a baseball against the prison wall.
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Peep Show: On the Pull (2003) (TV Episode)
Jez compares his awkward evening at Toni's with the test in the film.
Ricky Gervais Live: Animals (2003) (Video)
Ricky whistles the soundtrack while shaking his leg in the same manner as in the movie while they dropped sand from their trousers
Arrested Development: Key Decisions (2003) (TV Episode)
Gob Bluth wears a baseball glove in the prison yard, like Steve McQueen in The Great Escape; earlier, Lucille Bluth specifically mentioned Steve McQueen
Arrested Development: Visiting Ours (2003) (TV Episode)
A newspaper headline reads: "Warden Decries: Not So Great Escape."
Revealed: The Great Escape (2004) (TV Episode)
Film is mentioned as a dramatisation of their story
Boo, Zino & the Snurks (2004)
news story called "The Great TV Escape"
Tripping the Rift: Emasculating Chode (2004) (TV Episode)
Whip is seen bouncing a ball against the wall
Rosemary & Thyme: The Memory of Water (2004) (TV Episode)
The girls wonder if the convicts will escape over the garden wall like Steve McQueen.
Monarch of the Glen: Episode #6.4 (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
8 Simple Rules: Halloween (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
Major Tom says that his codename comes from the Tom tunnel in The Great Escape.
Top Gear: Episode #5.8 (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Eddie Izzard and later by Jeremy
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Au Revoir: Part 2 (2004) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)
"We saw all the great war movies" (one of the list)
Smallville: Pariah (2005) (TV Episode)
At the end of the episode Clark is visited in his loft by his parents. Throughout their conversation Clark bounces a ball off the wall. A direct reference to Steve Mcqueen's character in The Great Escape.
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Chicken Run is referred to as "The Great Escape with chickens"
Alien Apocalypse (2005) (TV Movie)
One of the escape scenes is based on a scene from The Great Escape.
The Sandlot 2 (2005) (Video)
He sees the poster for the movie and then they dig underground
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
One of the films on the list
Madagascar (2005)
When the penguins are digging underneath the ground to escape
The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005)
Scene where they catch out Wolf Lipp by speaking german when he is pretending to be an englishman
Midsomer Murders: Midsomer Rhapsody (2005) (TV Episode)
After a victim is decapitated with ba wire stretched across the road, Scott refers to it as a Steve McQueen.
House M.D.: Hunting (2005) (TV Episode)
House bounces/catches a ball in his office the same way Capt. Hilts did in the cooler. He later gives the name "Steve McQueen" to a mouse he's trying to catch.
House M.D.: Failure to Communicate (2006) (TV Episode)
House bounces a ball in a manner similar to Steve McQueen's character Hilts.
Petrified (2006) (Video)
phrase "the great escape" said
Smallville: Wither (2006) (TV Episode)
Just before the closing credits Clark is shown alone in his loft bouncing a ball against the wall. This references Steve McQueen's character in The Great Escape.
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Episode #1.5 (2006) (TV Episode)
The German host of Numberwang tricks a contestant into speaking English by wishing them "Good Luck".
Supernatural: The Usual Suspects (2006) (TV Episode)
Dean writes a letter to Sam addressed to Hilts and signed by McQueen.
Son of Rambow (2007)
When Lee is isolated by teachers he sits in the corridor bouncing a ball against the wall - just like Capt. Hilts in The Great Escape.
Goal II: Living the Dream (2007)
mentioned by Gavin
Top Gear: Episode #9.6 (2007) (TV Episode)
Jeremy mentions how getting in his Panda is like the escape in The Great Escape
Shaun the Sheep: Fleeced (2007) (TV Episode)
As the sheep dig an escape tunnel, music similar to "The Great Escape" theme is heard.
Supernatural: Folsom Prison Blues (2007) (TV Episode)
When Dean is in solitary he wishes that he had a baseball, like Steve McQueen. McQueen threw a baseball in the wall when he was in solitary in The Great Escape
The Return of 'Allo 'Allo! (2007) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by the narrator
QI: Everything (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jeremy
Universal Groove (2007)
During a conversation between Jim (Corey Haim) and Zedrick (Robert Rudman) the characters argue over escapism through film. The Great Escape is brought up by Zedrick.
Heroes: Chapter Eleven 'Powerless' (2007) (TV Episode)
Noah Bennett passes the time in confinement by bouncing a ball against a wall, like Hilts.
American Dad!: The Most Adequate Christmas Ever (2007) (TV Episode)
Stan gets caught out by St. Peter by saying "Thank You" in English; this happens to a character in the movie
Paybacks Are a Bitch (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Episode #2.3 (2008) (TV Episode)
When the soup chef is about to get fired after losing his sense of taste and smell and making bad soup, he pretends he can detect a clove of garlic he secretly planted on the floor, very similar to the way the Forger pretends that he can see a pin on the floor which he had planted there earlier.
Lost: Meet Kevin Johnson (2008) (TV Episode)
Michael bounces a ball against the wall of his ship cabin, similar to Steve McQueen's character in the earlier film.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 15 April 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This film was referenced during 'The Great American Culture Quiz' segment.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Characters refer to the plot
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008) (Video)
In jail, Ray-Ray bounces a ball against a wall in the same way Capt. Hilts does.
$5 a Day (2008)
Nat gives Ritchie a leather jacket he says that Steve McQueen wore in The Great Escape.
Marley & Me (2008)
"the great escape" mentioned in dialogue
QI: France (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Hugh
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Bob in his cell bouncing a rubber ball to pass the time.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (2009) (Video Game)
A mission in Larry's horror dreamscape is called "The Not So Great Escape?"
Terminator Salvation (2009)
When Marcus takes a motorcycle and jumps over a barb wired baracade its exactly like when Steve McQueen jumped over a barb wired baracade in "The Great Escape"; in reality, McQueen crashed his bike as Marcus does. The successful jump in "The Great Escape" was done by a stuntman.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
General Ed Fenech says "We have all our rotten eggs in one basket"...similiar to a line spoken by Kommandant von Luger in The Great Escape: "We have in effect put all our rotten eggs in one basket."
Samantha Who?: The Sister (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Howard
Phobidilia (2009)
DVD cover
The Great Escape: The Reckoning (2009) (TV Movie)
The real story behind the movie.
Phineas and Ferb: Picture This/Nerdy Dancin' (2009) (TV Episode)
One mime is seen bouncing a ball against the wall of an invisible box
Aaron Stone: Saturday Fight Fever (2009) (TV Episode)
Tatianna in her cell bouncing a rubber ball to pass the time.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.54 (2009) (TV Episode)
Reference in a $400 clue in the category "Born & Died"
Copycats: Episode #1.11 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as an incorrect answer by one of the contestants.
Copycats: Episode #1.12 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as a correct answer by one of the contestants.
The Supermarket (2009)
Character behaves like the Cooler King, bouncing a ball off a wall in a dairy cooler
QI: Germany (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jo
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.116 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,000 photo clue in the category "Behind the Scenes"
Phineas and Ferb: Lizard Whisperer/Robot Rodeo (2010) (TV Episode)
In his prison cell, Perry throws a ball against the wall in the same manner as Capt. Hilts in "The Great Escape."
Saturday Night Live: Ryan Phillippe/Ke$ha (2010) (TV Episode)
On Weekend Update, Seth compares Bret Michaels's appendectomy to "The Great Escape."
Generator Rex: The Day That Everything Changed (2010) (TV Episode)
Rex in his room/cell bouncing the ball off the wall.
Casino Jack (2010)
The film's title is written on Jack's blackboard when he is seen teaching a screenwriting class in prison.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Rescuers Down Under (2010) (TV Episode)
Audio clips play during the review
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) (TV Movie)
In her jail cell, Candace bounces a ball against the wall in the same manner as Captain Hilts in "The Great Escape."
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Read It and Weep (2012) (TV Episode)
Rainbow Dash bounces a ball up against the wall of a hospital room while in bed.
Top Gear: Episode #18.7 (2012) (TV Episode)
James mentions Steve McQeen and The Great Escape
Mad: Addition Impossible/New Gill (2012) (TV Episode)
Ethan Hunt bounces a baseball against the jail cell wall.
Borderlands 2 (2012) (Video Game)
The mission The great escape shares it's name with the movie of the same name
30 Rock: Stride of Pride (2012) (TV Episode)
Jack says he decided to date several women with different qualities simultaneously after watching the film on TCM
Supernatural: The Great Escapist (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Suits: Bad Faith (2013) (TV Episode)
Louis mentions the film
Modern Family: A Hard Jay's Night (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Main Tera Hero (2014)
Mentioned in dialogue
Veep: The Choice (2014) (TV Episode)
Wendy tapes the film.
Bad Education: After School Clubs (2014) (TV Episode)
Mitchell and Joe play "The Crate Escape".
Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)
appears on Steve McQueen flyer.

Featured in 

One More Saturday Night (1986)
Scenes are shown on a television set.
Return to 'The Great Escape' (1993) (Video)
many clips are shown
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Movie)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #19 on the list.
Bandits (2001)
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Great Escape: A Standing Ovation (2001) (TV Movie)
clips shown
The Great Escape: Bringing Fact to Fiction (2001) (TV Movie)
clips shown
The Great Escape: Preparations for Freedom (2001) (TV Movie)
clips shown
The Great Escape: The Flight to Freedom (2001) (TV Movie)
clips shown
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005) (TV Movie)
excerpt shown
War Stories (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Knight and Day/I Am Love/The Killer Inside Me (2010) (TV Episode)
James McAvoy's #2 Favorite Film
The Unforgettable Gordon Jackson (2012) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
Casting By (2012)
fragment
Brows Held High: Shame (2013) (TV Episode)
clip shown when Oancitizen thinks he's talking about Steve McQueen the actor
The Greatest Ever War Films (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 1 in the Countdown
I Am Steve McQueen (2014)
film clips
The Wright Stuff: Episode dated 25 August 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
Clip shown in tribute to oscar winning actor/director Lord Richard Attenborough who died recently!

Spoofed in 

Get Smart: The Not-So-Great Escape: Part 1 (1969) (TV Episode)
The title 'the not so great escape' is a spoof of the title 'the great escape'
Get Smart: The Not-So-Great Escape: Part 2 (1969) (TV Episode)
The title 'the not so great escape' is a spoof of the title 'the great escape'
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Mr. and Mrs. Brian Norris' Ford Popular (1972) (TV Episode)
There is a version of the film as presented by the 'Trim Jeans Theatre', including the original theme.
Top Secret! (1984)
Dead End (1985)
McQueen look-alike in WWII uniform, riding motorcycle
'Allo 'Allo: The Great Un-Escape (1987) (TV Episode)
Title Reference, Rene, Edith, The Waitresses & Monsieur Alfonse taking pans of dirt out of the hole they were digging is identical to the prisoners taking bags of dirt out in The Great Escape and in the ending of this episode they end up in a Prisoner of war camp
The Simpsons: A Streetcar Named Marge (1992) (TV Episode)
Maggie's stay at the "Ayn Rand School for Tots" daycare center leads to a spoof on "The Great Escape". After the pacifiers and bottles are taken from the children, Maggie derives a scheme to retreive them. During this attempt the up-beat "scheme" theme song from the movie is played. When the attempt fails, Maggie is thrown in "The Box" just as Steve McQueen is thrown in "the cooler". The final detail added, when Maggie is taken to "the box" another baby throws her a ball. This is referring to how Steve McQueen passes the time by throwing a ball against the wall and catching it when he is in "The Cooler".
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Frank gets rid of dirt from the tunnel in his prison cell by using various methods, including the one used in The Great Escape.
My Fellow Americans (1996)
When James Gardner push Jack Lemmon off the train it is similar to what happened in "The Great Escape" when he pushes the Forger off the train.
Chicken Run (2000)
Spaced: Change (2001) (TV Episode)
The scene where the unemployment agent tricks Daisy by asking her a question in Vietnamese is a nod to a similar scene towards the end of The Great Escape.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
The password that Carl Reiner's character (Saul Bloom) gives to the courier with the briefcase is the same Russian phrase, "Ia vas liubliu", that Charles Bronson's character (Flight. Lt. Danny 'The Tunnel King' Velinski) taught to James Coburn's character (Flying Officer Louis 'The Manufacturer' Sedgwick) in The Great Escape (1963). It translates as "I love you".
Top Gear: Episode #1.2 (2002) (TV Episode)
Jeremy spoofs the Germans in this film when he talks about MG and BMW
Mortadelo & Filemon: The Big Adventure (2003)
When Mortadelo and Filemon are in jail, the policeman locks them in a little fridge. The solitary confinement where Steve McQueen was put into every time he tried to escape was translated to Spanish as "la nevera" ("the fridge").
Purple Gas (2003)
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)
character shot on railway platform staggers sideways while holding chest
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
posters and trailers refer to the animals' journey as The Crate Escape
The A-Team (2010)
The title of the fake film used to facilitate Murdock's escape from the mental hospital is "The Greater Escape".
Torrente 4 (2011)
scenes spoofed
Archer: Space Race: Part I (2012) (TV Episode)
When Archer is locked in the cargo compartment he sits playing with a baseball and glove like Virgil Hilts does when he is placed in the "cooler."
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The way that the spies "signal" one another in Laketown is very similar to the way the prisoners would signal each other regarding movement of the Nazi guards
Phineas and Ferb: Phineas and Ferb Save Summer (2014) (TV Episode)
A pastiche of the main theme plays when Carl and Perry spring the rest of the OWCA agents from their cages

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