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The Great Escape (1963)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 4 July 1963 (USA)
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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hilts 'The Cooler King'
... Hendley 'The Scrounger'
... Bartlett 'Big X'
... Ramsey 'The SBO'
... Danny 'Tunnel King'
... Blythe 'The Forger'
... Sedgwick 'Manufacturer'
... Von Luger 'The Kommandant'
... Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
... MacDonald 'Intelligence'
... Willie 'Tunnel King'
... Ives 'The Mole'
... Cavendish 'The Surveyor'
Robert Graf ... Werner 'The Ferret'
... Goff
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Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war (POWs) 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 film 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 boats and trains and planes to get out of occupied Europe. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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From a barbed-wire camp to a barbed-wire country, they made... [The Great Escape] See more »


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4 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran escape  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,100,000
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Trivia

When celebrating the Fourth of July and pouring alcohol, Hilts (Steve McQueen) is thrown off by an ad-lib by Goff (Jud Taylor). While Hilts is drinking, Goff says, "No taxation without representation." McQueen jumps out of character and gives him a look (and mouths, "What?") The director must have signaled to "just go with it" and the scene continues. But it is an obvious ad-lib. See more »

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Soon after his initial arrival at the camp, Hilts walks to the wire. A prisoner can be seen walking towards the corner of the hut behind and turning right. The camera goes back to Hilts for about five seconds. It then pans out and the same prisoner who by that time would be out of camera shot can be seen to be back in the place he was originally was and walking to the corner of the hut again to take the same route. See more »

Quotes

Von Luger: It looks, after all, as if you will see Berlin before I do.
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Referenced in Beverly Hills Vamp (1989) See more »

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What a movie! 10/10
16 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

The Great Escape should be a movie every one has seen. It's the definitive P.O.W. movie -- and all other films in the genre fail to compare. It should be noted that this isn't just a Steve McQueen movie (although he is bound to be everyone's favorite character), but this is an ensemble piece with great performances by Richard Attenborough, James Garner, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, and Charles Bronson. Wonderful build-up, great middle, and a terrific ending. This film is classic.

One of the best scores of all time.


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