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The Great Escape: Bringing Fact to Fiction (2001)

How Hollywood sought to sell a blockbuster by beefing up the role played by US personnel in what was in reality a largely British and Commonwealth affair.

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Frankie Glass

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Frankie Glass
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Complete credited cast:
Burt Reynolds ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Cassie Alex Cassie ... Himself - Ex-POW, Stalag Luft III
Arthur Durand Arthur Durand ... Himself - Author 'Stalag Luft III'
Elizabeth Floody Elizabeth Floody ... Herself - Wife of Ex-POW Wally Floody
Robert E. Relyea Robert E. Relyea ... Himself - Assistant Director 'The Great Escape' (as Robert Relyea)
Jonathan Vance Jonathan Vance ... Himself - Author
John Weir John Weir ... Himself - Ex-POW, Stalag Luft III
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How Hollywood sought to sell a blockbuster by beefing up the role played by US personnel in what was in reality a largely British and Commonwealth affair.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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2001 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This featurette is featured on the 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD for The Great Escape (1963), released in 2004. See more »

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References Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) See more »

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Too short for me.
30 December 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am a retired history teacher and LOVE when films stick close to the original facts in a story. So, when I saw that the bonus disc for "The Great Escape" had this featurette about the historical aspects of the film, I was excited. However, as this short film was VERY short and spent much of the time talking about HOW the feature film was brought into being, it really didn't answer enough questions for me about how close the film was to the actual real-life escape. What they did talk about, however, was great--I just wanted so much more. If you do watch, it addresses how they combined/condensed characters for cinematic reasons, how they got the technical details of how to build a prisoner of war camp as well as why they ultimately decided to make the film in Germany.

Worth seeing but just not enough. It's part of multi-part documentary--all of which together are well worth seeing. And, fortunately, some of my complaints about needing more info about the historical accuracy WAS addressed in the second one "Preparations for Freedom".


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