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The Great Escape: The Flight to Freedom (2001)



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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
James J. Cullen James J. Cullen ... Himself - Ex-POW, Stalag Luft III
Arthur Durand Arthur Durand ... Himself - Author 'Stalag Luft III'
Robert E. Relyea Robert E. Relyea ... Himself - Assistant Director 'The Great Escape' (as Robert Relyea)
Jonathan Vance Jonathan Vance ... Himself - Author
Albert Wallace Albert Wallace ... Himself - Ex-POW, Stalag Luft III
John Weir John Weir ... Himself - Ex-POW, Stalag Luft III


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Documentary | Short







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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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Excellent Entry in the Four-Part Series
27 January 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Great Escape, The: The Flight to Freedom (2001)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

The third film of three in MGM's documentary about the making of THE GREAT ESCAPE is certainly the best up to this point. This one takes a look at the aftermath of the escape, which history buffs already know wasn't the happiest moment. The documentary covers the problems trying to explain what happened after the men escaped and of course how you end the movie without doing so on such a tragic and sad note. POWs Albert Wallace, John Weir and James Cullen are joined by second director Robert Relyea and author Jonathan Vance as they talk about this portion of the film. Everyone knows that when a movie is being made then there's going to be issues that come up or facts that need to be changed for entertainment purposes. The decision on what to change about the escape is very interesting but what makes this so entertaining is hearing from the real POWs and what it was like at the camp once news of the event had reached them. You can hear their stories but you can also see the anger in their eyes. Fans of the film and history buffs should enjoy this featurette as it really touches on both sides of the story.

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