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The Great Escape [film] by John Sturges

The Great Escape [film]

by John Sturges (Director), W. R. Burnett (Screenwriter), James Clavell (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Richard Attenborough (Actor), Elmer Bernstein (Composer), Paul Brickhill (Original book), Charles Bronson (Actor), James Coburn (Actor)4 more, Daniel L. Fapp (Cinematographer), James Garner (Actor), Steve McQueen (Actor), Donald Pleasence (Actor)

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WWII POWs plot a massive escape attempt to distract German resources.

Lots of potential, but a pretty boring movie. I had no investment in any of these people. After looking online, it seems that the people on which the characters are based were actually pretty interesting. But in the movie we get "I like to ride bikes."

Concept: A
Story: B
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: D
Cinematography: C
Special effects/design: A
Acting: B
Music: D

Enjoyment: C

GPA: 2.5/4 ( )
  comfypants | Feb 16, 2016 |
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  wdjoyner | Aug 21, 2010 |
Based on a true story, with some dramatic license. ( )
  librisissimo | Jun 16, 2009 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sturges, JohnDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burnett, W. R.Screenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Clavell, JamesScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Attenborough, RichardActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernstein, ElmerComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brickhill, PaulOriginal booksecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bronson, CharlesActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coburn, JamesActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fapp, Daniel L.Cinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garner, JamesActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McQueen, SteveActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pleasence, DonaldActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:31 -0400)

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A high-security German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942 holds only known troublemakers and risk-takers, all of whom are determined to pull off the war's most daring escape.

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