Arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made John Sturgess dramatisation of the true story of a group of British American and Canadian POWs who executed a massive escape from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944 stars Steve McQueen as the rebellious Virgil Hilts. The German high command has filtered out all the most talented escape artists of the Allies and placed them in a POW camp specifically designed to foil any unwanted departures. Of course as soon as they arrive the prisoners begin work on a series of tunnels under the direction of Roger Big X Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). He assigns the POWs to jobs according to their specialties Bob Scrounger Hendley (James Garner) steals necessary items Eric Dispersal Ashley-Pitt (David McCallum) hides the soil being dug from the tunnels and Danny the Tunnel King Willinski (Charles Bronson) and Colin the Forger Blythe (Donald Pleasence) have self-explanatory handles. For more than a year 600 prisoners most of whom wont be leaving work toward an escape that will temporarily disrupt the operations of the German army. The host of big-name stars meshes beautifully in this meticulous re-creation of the legendary escape. Although this is a film about courage Sturges wisely takes a low-key approach leavened with humour rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics. However McQueens memorable motorcycle stunts could be said to fit in that category. THE GREAT ESCAPE based on the book by Paul Brickhill is quite simply one of the grandest war films ever made featuring many key scenes (McQueens motorcycle chase McQueen tossing the baseball against the cell wall Bronson sliding on his chest in the tunnel) that are unforgettable.
Audio Commentary By Cast And Crew, An American Icon Documentary, History Versus Hollywood Documentary, The Great Escape The Untold Story, Trivia Track, Theatrical Trailer, Photo Galleries
Release Date: 05 March 2007
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1963
Main Language: English
Among the best war movies
I've never heard any criticism of this film which must prove something. Exciting and enjoyable for everyone.