The Great Escape

The Great Escape

DVD - 1998
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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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Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson have had enough and they're out of here!


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TheSandoz
May 26, 2017

This is one of the all-time great war movies, a POW adventure from director John Sturges that celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Allied forces even when their backs were to the wall.

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ba_library
May 24, 2017

Classic film! It used to come on television about once a year. It was a family favorite. Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson - if anyone is going to breakout of a Nazi prison camp - you know those guys will. Still a great film if you haven't watched it lately. I recently borrowed a DVD from SPL, also called The Great Escape. It was a PBS show about the escape and it followed some archaeologists who were excavating one of the tunnels in the film. It also interviewed a couple of guys who were imprisoned there. Gives you some inside info about their escape and how they did it. The Luftwaffe built the prison camp for downed Allied airmen and they chose the location of the site because it was on particularly sandy soil - they hoped it would deter tunneling attempts, so the details about the tunneling process was really interesting! Be sure to check out both for great viewing.

AL_SARAHD Oct 14, 2016

This classic will have you at the edge of your seat.
Without giving too much away, this film is based on a true story about prisoners of war during WWII trying to escape captivity. The ingenuity and ability of prisoners to work toward a common goal despite their language and nationality differences makes this film empowering.
This movie is long but moves quickly enough that you will never be bored. Get the popcorn ready and prepare yourself for laughs, gasps and sometimes, a few tears.

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vrs1956
Aug 30, 2016

good one

d2013 Sep 12, 2015

Steve McQueen gives a great performance in this exciting action-packed movie. Based on true events!

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szarnstorff
Sep 05, 2015

I was pleased how this followed the true story of The Longest Tunnel which I read first.

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barbbicycle
Aug 21, 2015

Can't beat Steve McQueen and WWII stories

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marx_bro
Jul 16, 2015

Probably the best WW2 POW story ever put to film. All-Star cast, great production value, and incredible on-location scenes combine to make this a must-watch film.

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franque
Apr 28, 2015

Even though Steve McQueen is in this, he doesn't make the film. The story itself is the star of this movie & the story is a truly moving adventure about mostly British POW's that plan the most epic of escapes. I hate to spoil anything but I was saddened by the fact that more men didn't make it. No matter! The point is they tried & did in fact meet their goal: to mess seriously with the world domination hungry Germans. A lovely gem of a film that is refreshingly emotionally honest.

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garycornell
May 17, 2014

Make no mistake, "The Great Escape" is thrilling beyond words. You see, it is based on a true story. A story of 100 Allied captured soldiers put in an "escape proof prison". They then are watched closely by the German guards. But these brave men devised a plan to get all 100 prisoners out of prison at one time. It is touching to see the devotion each man had for his comrades. They have enough courage to overcome just about anything. It is an amazing story and "The Great Escape" is a fine trilbute to a band of men the Germans would later regret ever having placed in the same prisoner of war camp.

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oquequefoi Aug 15, 2013

To aaa5756: your quote of Churchill cannot be verified--because he never uttered that phrase. Please, get your facts straight!

aaa5756 May 25, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 May 25, 2013

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

aaa5756 May 25, 2013

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: this movie will be intense to younger children

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: very mild violence

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JihadiConservative
Dec 13, 2012

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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