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The Great Escape [film] by John Sturges

The Great Escape [film] (1963)

by John Sturges (Director), Elmer Bernstein (Composer), W. R. Burnett (Screenplay), James Clavell (Screenplay), Daniel L. Fapp (Cinematographer)

Other authors: Richard Attenborough (Actor), Charles Bronson (Actor), James Coburn (Actor), James Garner (Actor), Steve McQueen (Actor)1 more, Donald Pleasence (Actor)

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Sturges, JohnDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bernstein, ElmerComposermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Burnett, W. R.Screenplaymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Clavell, JamesScreenplaymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Fapp, Daniel L.Cinematographermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Attenborough, RichardActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bronson, CharlesActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coburn, JamesActorsecondary 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

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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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