The Great Escape
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SEVERAL HUNDRED ALLIED POWS PLAN A MASS ESCAPE FROM A GERMAN POW CAMP.
A stirring example of courage and the indomitable human spirit, for many John Sturges's The Great Escape is both the definitive World War II drama and the nonpareil prison escape movie. Featuring an unequalled ensemble cast in a rivetingly authentic true-life scenario set to Elmer Bernstein's admirable music, this picture is both a template for subsequent action-adventure movies and one of the last glories of Golden Age Hollywood. Reunited with the director who made him a star in The Magnificent Seven, Steve McQueen gives a career-defining performance as the laconic Hilts, the baseball-loving, motorbike-riding "Cooler King." The rest of the all-male Anglo-American cast--Dickie Attenborough, Donald Pleasance, James Garner, Charles Bronson, David McCallum, James Coburn, and Gordon Jackson--make the most of their meaty roles (though you have to forgive Coburn his Australian accent). Closely based on Paul Brickhill's book, the various escape attempts, scrounging, forging, and ferreting activities are authentically realized thanks also to technical advisor Wally Flood, one of the original tunnel-digging POWs. Sturges orchestrates the climax with total conviction, giving us both high action and very poignant human drama. Without trivializing the grim reality, The Great Escape thrillingly celebrates the heroism of men who never gave up the fight. --Mark Walker
- 24-minute in-depth documentary on the making of The Great Escape
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The Blue Ray copy looks good and it is certainly a worthwhile addition to your collection, I bought this to upgrade from the DVD copy of the movie I already own.
. He gave a lecture of his time at the Stalag and on the prison break outs. He was then a USAAF pilot & POW. Some of his memorabilia from the time of the escape were on display at the academy during the time I spent as a cadet.
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