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The Great Escape ()


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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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Hilts 'The Cooler King'
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Hendley 'The Scrounger'
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Bartlett 'Big X'
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Ramsey 'The SBO'
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Danny 'Tunnel King'
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Blythe 'The Forger'
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Sedgwick 'Manufacturer'
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Von Luger 'The Kommandant'
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Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
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MacDonald 'Intelligence'
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Willie 'Tunnel King'
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Ives 'The Mole'
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Cavendish 'The Surveyor'
Robert Graf ...
Werner 'The Ferret'
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Goff
Hans Reiser ...
Herr Kuhn
Harry Riebauer ...
Strachwitz
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Sorren
Robert Freitag ...
Capt. Posen
Ulrich Beiger ...
Preissen
George Mikell ...
Lt. Dietrich
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Haynes ('Diversions')
Robert Desmond ...
Griffith 'Tailor'
Til Kiwe ...
Frick
Heinz Weiss ...
Kramer
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Dai Nimmo ('Diversions')
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S.S. Officer Steinach
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Arthur Atkinson ...
British Officer Charlie (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Sturges

Written by

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Paul Brickhill ... (book)
 
James Clavell ... (screenplay) and
W.R. Burnett ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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John Sturges ... producer
James Clavell ... producer (uncredited)
Walter Mirisch ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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Daniel L. Fapp ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ferris Webster

Editorial Department

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Don Tomlinson ... assistant film editor

Art Direction by

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Fernando Carrere

Set Decoration by

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Kurt Ripberger

Makeup Department

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Emile LaVigne ... makeup artist
Jay Sebring ... hair designer: Steve McQueen, James Garner (uncredited)

Production Management

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Allen K. Wood ... production supervisor
Hubert Fröhlich ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jack N. Reddish ... assistant director
John Flynn ... assistant director (uncredited)
Robert E. Relyea ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Frank Agnone ... property

Sound Department

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Wayne Fury ... sound effects editor

Special Effects by

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A. Paul Pollard ... special effects (as Paul Pollard)

Stunts

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Bud Ekins ... stunt double: Steve McQueen, motorcycle jump (uncredited)
Tim Gibbs ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes ... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Roy Jenson ... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... stunts (uncredited)
Robert E. Relyea ... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Roy Scammell ... stunt team (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Lothar Winkler ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bert Henrikson ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Richard Carruth ... music editor
Michael Andersen ... music copyist (uncredited)
Lloyd Basham ... music copyist (uncredited)
Saundra Berkova ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Elmer Bernstein ... conductor (uncredited)
Harold Brown ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Herman Clebanoff ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Manuel Compinsky ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Dominick Fera ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Dominic Fidelibus ... music copyist (uncredited)
Wolfgang Fraenkel ... music copyist (uncredited)
Sam Freed Jr. ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Benny Gill ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin ... music copyist (uncredited)
Robert Helfer ... orchestra manager (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Milt Holland ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Anatol Kaminsky ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Armand Kaproff ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Nathan Kaproff ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Pearl Kaufman ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Manny Klein ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Raphael Kramer ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Abe Luboff ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Edgar Lustgarten ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Roman Maciejewski ... music copyist (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Shelly Manne ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Jack Marsh ... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
G.R. Menhennick ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Erno Neufeld ... musician: violin (uncredited)
John Neufeld ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Richard Perissi ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Lee Perrin ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Dorothy Remsen ... musician: harp (uncredited)
Sam Rice ... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Gale Robinson ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Martin Ruderman ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Sylvia Ruderman ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Ambrose Russo ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Eudice Shapiro ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lou Singer ... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin ... musician: cello (uncredited)
Felix Slatkin ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Raymond Turner ... musician: piano (uncredited)
Lloyd Ulyate ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Paul Van Loan ... music copyist (uncredited)
Seymour Zeldin ... musician: trombone (uncredited)

Other crew

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John Franco ... script supervisor
Robert E. Relyea ... assistant to producer
Wally Floody ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines put a fence in front of these men...and they'll climb it... See more »
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Also Known As
  • La grande évasion (France)
  • Gesprengte Ketten (Germany)
  • La gran evasió (Spain, Catalan title)
  • La gran evasión (Spain)
  • Da taowang (China, Mandarin title)
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Runtime
  • 172 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia One day, the police in the German town where the film was shot set up a speed trap near the set. Several members of the cast and crew were caught, including Steve McQueen. The Chief of Police told McQueen "Herr McQueen, we have caught several of your comrades today, but you have won the prize [for the highest speeding]." McQueen was arrested and briefly jailed. See more »
Goofs Timbers are needed to hold back thousands of pounds of dirt from a tunnel collapse. The three feet long, 1/2 inch thick pieces taken from the bed frames shown used in the tunnel could not withstand the weight. However documentary interviews and excavation of the actual Stalag Luft 3 site, shows that the films depiction of the tunnel's construction was accurate. While the material used may not have been adequate for a professional tunnel or mine, they were apparently adequate for the task and some are still holding up the tunnel even now. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Return to 'The Great Escape' (1993). See more »
Quotes Sedgwick: Danny, do you speak Russian?
Danny: A little, but only one sentence.
Sedgwick: Well, let me have it, mate.
Danny: Ya vas lyublyu.
Sedgwick: Ya ya vas...
Danny: Lyublyu.
Sedgwick: Lyubliu? Ya vas lyubliu. Ya vas lyublyu. What's it mean?
Danny: I love you.
Sedgwick: Love you. What bloody good is that?
Danny: I don't know, I wasn't going to use it myself.
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