The Great Escape

Put a fence in front of these men... and they'll climb it!
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DVD Features:

  • 24 Minute In-Depth Making-Of Documentary
  • Trivia
  • Production Notes
  • Original Theater Trailer
  • Languages: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 19, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English, French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes:
      1. Making-of
      2. Production Notes
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Additional Text: Trivia

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh94%

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Total Count: 47

Upright95%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 103,403
Rating: 3/4 -- Each group of characters get their own riveting planning sequences, all skillfully told. This is one "heist" film where knowing the details of how the escape is supposed to go down before it happens only strengthens the suspense further. Full Review
Scene-Stealers.com
May 23, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- a slow burn which allows you to watch wildly different characters work together and form a team in spite of their differences Full Review
7M Pictures
Jun 9, 2013
This is a Boys' Own Tale, and, as boys, we wanted it, cleansed of horrors, for ourselves. Full Review
New Yorker
Apr 23, 2014
Watching the starry cast is always entertaining, and while The Great Escape has little new to say about war, this is really not a criticism. Full Review
Film4
Apr 23, 2014
For all its missteps, when it comes to escapism, intrigue, and indulgence, you could do a whole lot worse than The Great Escape. Just watch it with an open eye. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Feb 21, 2019
[ESCAPE] features lush European landscapes, an infectious score, and McQueen's iconic motorcycle antics.
Premiere
Jun 1, 2004
Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it's good, solid stuff. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 1, 2007

Description by OLDIES.com:

In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft III, a maximum security prisoner-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest 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 Clavel (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar) and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is epic entertainment that "entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs." (Variety).

Product Description:

John Sturges's dramatization of the true story of a group of British, American, and Canadian POWs who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944 is arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made. A host of big-name stars meshes beautifully in this meticulous recreation of the legendary escape. Although this is a film about courage, Sturges wisely takes a low-key approach, leavened with humor, rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics.

The German high command has filtered out all of the allies' most talented escape artists and placed them in a POW camp specifically designed to foil any unwanted departures. But as soon as they arrive, the prisoners, led by Steve McQueen as the rebellious Virgil Hilts, begin work on a series of tunnels under the direction of Roger "Big X" Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). He assigns the POWs to jobs according to their specialties. For more than a year, 600 prisoners, most of whom won't be leaving, work toward an escape that will temporarily disrupt the operations of the German army. THE GREAT ESCAPE, based on the book by Paul Brickhill, featuring many key scenes (McQueen's motorcycle chase, McQueen tossing the baseball against the cell wall, Bronson sliding on his chest in the tunnel) that are simply unforgettable.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: August 8, 1963.
  • Shooting location: Bavaria, Germany.
  • Donald Pleasence, the Forger, was an RAF wireless operator during the war, serving time in a German POW camp after his Lancaster was shot down.
  • Walt Floody, the actual Tunnel King, was a technical adviser on the film.
  • The famous barbed-wire scene that made Steve McQueen's career was done by his friend, stuntman Bud Elkins, with one of the Triumph 600s used in the film.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 337
  • UPC: 027616668028
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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