Great Escape, The: Preparations for Freedom (2001)
*** (out of 4)
The second of a four part series made by MGM for their Special Edition release of THE GREAT ESCAPE is once again narrated by Burt Reynalds. This episode takes a closer look to a few parts of the film where they try to explain certain parts of the escape including the three tunnels, one of which was found by the Germans and other items including how they got the clothes to escape and what preparation was actually done. Original POWs Albert Wallce, James Cullen and John Weir are on hand to tell a few details and we also get interviews with Arthur Durand, Jonathan Vance and Robert Relyea. Overall this here is much better than the first episode because it does go into details about the real escape and what was or wasn't changed in the movie. We hear about how the producers wanted the tunnels to appear real and how the actual escape was pretty much truthful in the film. Of course, the biggest change in the story is how much the Americans and British actually did in the real escape but considering the producers needed stars, it appears most people understand why this was done.
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