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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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Storyline

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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Hours ago... Minutes ago.... These men were behind barbed wire. See more »


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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

William Russell starred as security chief Sorren in this film. It was released on 4th July 1963, just weeks before he signed on for Doctor Who (1963) as the first male companion. Angus Lennie and Nigel Stock also appeared in the series but not with Russell. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film actors are seen wearing rings and watches. No allied POW would have been allowed to keep anything remotely this valuable, or useful, for themselves. And if they were, lower grade guards and administrators would have targeted them for abuse and/or theft. See more »

Quotes

Steinach: Herr Bartlett-!
[Bartlett turns around and says something in German]
Steinach: Your German is good. And I hear, also, your French. Your arms...
[pulls a gun]
Steinach: UP!
[Bartlett surrenders]
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The greatest of escapes.
15 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

The Great Escape is THE prison escape movie. The film is rich with characters and the direction by John Sturges is great. Steve McQueen is the man and the rest of the cast are terrific. This movie is heroic and shows the bravery of men in the second world war. I escape into this movie whenever I feel really down, it's a great spirit lifter and one of the greatest films of all time.


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