After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. 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.
Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.
George Roy Hill
Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war 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 movie 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 planes, trains, and boats to get out of occupied Europe.Written by
John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
During the shooting of the film, Charles Bronson was very close to David McCallum and his wife Jill Ireland, who was pregnant. McCallum had to leave the set for two days when she had a miscarriage. Charles Bronson kept an eye on her at this moment and fell in love with her. John Sturges disapproved this behavior because he wanted no feud between actors on the set, when Mc Callum would return. But the latest perfectly understood the situation. See more »
When the 50 are shot by the Germans near the end of the movie, you can see that the machine gun's ammo belt runs out, yet you can still hear the machine gun being fired for a few seconds longer. See more »
Colonel Von Luger, it is the sworn duty of all officers to try to escape. If they cannot escape, then it is their sworn duty to cause the enemy to use an inordinate number of troops to guard them, and their sworn duty to harass the enemy to the best of their ability.
See more »
Some TV versions edit the scene in which Ives is shot and killed for trying to escape over the fence. See more »
"The Great Escape" is a rousing blend of suspense, action and ultimately tragedy, bolstered by an all-star cast, terrific music and beautiful European locations. A few fellow reviewers have cited the unbelievably "pristine" prison conditions, but the German authorities did try to uphold the Geneva Convention for Western Allied POWs. The characters in this film left their well-run 'stalag' anyway, and many paid the ultimate price. While entertaining its viewers, "The Great Escape" effectively depicted the tragic consequences.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this