the-great-escape

Drama Movie Index * Action Movies * Comedy Movies * Musicals * Date Movies * Sci-Fi Movies * Classic TV * FUN ON DEMAND
great-escape

THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)

Based on actual historical events and crackling with tension, this ambitious tale produced and directed by John Sturges tells the story of an audacious plan by Allied POWs to pull off a massive escape from a supposedly escape-proof German prison camp. The star-studded cast features Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen, whose climactic motorcycle chase scene offers proof of McQueen's enduring status as one of Hollywood's greatest action-adventure stars.

The incredible cast includes: Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Coburn, and Charles Bronson.

Director, John Sturges, scored a major hit with this film, which is one of the best World War 2 theme movies ever made.

movie-review

movie-review

review

movie-review

review

review-action-movie

movie-review

review-movie

review



Promotional Lines: "A glorious saga of the R.A.F."
"The great adventure! The great entertainment!"

CHOOSE A SITE TO SEARCH
HomeVideos.com
MovieActors.com

 

great-escape-movie



The basic story involves an Allied plan for a massive breakout from a German P.O.W. camp, during World War Two. The Nazis had created a high-security, escape -proof prisoner of war camp for those annoying detainees who have attempted escape from their other prison of war camps. These prisoners are not discouraged at all, as they plan a huge escape of 100 men. The first half of the film has a comedic tone as they fool their guards as they find creative ways to dig their tunnels. The second half of the film is filled with high adventure action as they flee to safety.

The crackling screenplay, by James Clavell and W.R. Burnett, was based on Paul Brickhill's novel about this true event. Australian James Clavell was a P.O.W. himself in Singapore during W.W. II, and wrote such classic screenplays as "The Fly," "King Solomon Mines," "Watusi," "The Satan Bug," and "To Sir With Love."

W.R. Burnett was a prolific novel / screenwriter for over 40 years. His work can be seen in such films as "Little Caesar," "Scar Face (1932)," "The Getaway (1941)," "Seargeant's Three," and "The Asphalt Jungle."

The great direction by the big budget, action yarn master John Sturges, brings the stirring screenplay to life, as he skillfully puts the scenes together and works with the fabulous cast. Some of his other films are "The Magnificent Seven," "The Hallelujah Trail," "Ice Station Zebra," "Marooned," "Valdez," and "The Eagle Has Landed."

The incredible cast in this film includes: Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, David McCallum, Donald Pleasance, Richard Attenborough. Sturges had worked previously with McQueen, Coburn, and Bronson on "The Magnificent Seven" (1960).

This film turned Steve McQueen into a genuine superstar, a position he maintained through the 60s, and part way into the 70s. Interestingly, McQueen did not initially want to make the movie, and had to be convinced to take the role by his wife.

My favorite scene is the one in which McQueen's jumps over a barbed wired fence on his motorcycle. The scene shows the great desire for freedom in the human heart, and the lengths that some will go in the attempt to achieve that freedom. Despite claims to the contrary, the jump was really done by stunt rider, Bud Ekins, which Steve acknowledged publicly at the time.

"The Great Escape" is a classic because of a great cast, exciting story, heart- pounding action sequences, and stirring musical score. Although the film is long, it needs the length to tell the big story of the greatest allied prison camp breakout in World War Two.

If you enjoyed THE GREAT ESCAPE, you may like THE LONGEST DAY, THE EAGLE HAS LANDED, A BRIDGE TOO FAR, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, and BULLIT.