The Great Escape

The Great Escape

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Average of 1299 ratings: 3.9 Stars

1963 M Suitable for general audiences.

A Glorious Saga Of The R.A.F.

In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft North, a maximum security prisoner-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape team in military history brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted.

One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time, The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (little C'sar), and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is epic entertainment that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs (Variety).

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172 minutes
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Rated #88 out of Fatso's Top 100

DVD details

Screen Format
1.85:1 Widescreen
English, English for the Hearing Impaired, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Turkish, Czech, Croatian, Slovenian, English Information
English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0

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Screen Format
2.35:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
French; German; Italian; Spanish; English for the hearing impaired
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French, German, Italian DTS 5.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0

17 Member Reviews Write a review

3 by Cockatoo

Classic movie, yes the acting is better nowadays, but enjoy it in its context. Still a good story.

4 by 1978Jimbo

Excellent old school movie. Even better that it's based on the truth. Sterling performances from a lot of excellent actors who are still around today. Not least of all, James Garner and of course Steve McQueen.

4 by Annalise & Mat

This is a classic film; a sad, true story from WW2. The cast provide strong performances thoughout the film, bringing the characters to life. The film is punctuated with touching moments and hilarious antics, making it a truly brilliant movie.

5 by Enda McKenna

What a fantastic film. I had seen this as a kid and wanted to revisit it to see if it was actually as good as I remembered. It is! The story is totally engaging with characters that really captivate... Read more

2.5 by lcmojo

I have a hard time with these older movies as they generally telegraph all that is going to happen and don't leave much to the imagination. There are no real tense moments, because you (think you)... Read more

3 by Tubbs

The prisoners are portrayed as well dressed which doesn't seem authentic - but the camp was more civilised than those operated by the Gestapo or Japanese. Watch the bonus feature edition which has excellent interviews and historical film.

3 by Ross

This movie was the bomb back in the day, still a good watch.

Great to watch a movie that has no swearing or nudity, a rare treat.

2 by Rectangleeyes

I really did try to like it, honest. But it was really just too slow-moving and boring for me. After watching 2 hours there was no end in sight and I found I was only still watching it 'cause I had... Read more

5 by meghna104

They really knew how to make war movies back then. Highly recommended!

3 by ikanui

a great classic movie always a pleasure to watch especially for an older person who can then regale the grandchildren about what life was like when they first saw the movie quite a conversation stimulator