The Great Escape

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One of the most exciting adventure tales ever told, this action epic recounts the planning, execution, and aftermath of a daring true-life escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, in which 250 men attempted to tunnel their way to freedom. read more
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One of the most exciting adventure tales ever told, this action epic recounts the planning, execution, and aftermath of a daring true-life escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, in which 250 men attempted to tunnel their way to freedom. In the role that cemented his superstar status, Steve McQueen plays the motorcycle-racing daredevil who sets out to foil the Nazis, alongside an all-star cast that includes Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence. The expert direction of John Sturges, eminently hummable Elmer Bernstein score, and rip-roaring stunts come together in what may just be the most spectacularly entertaining prison-break movie of all time, a rousing ode to the determination, camaraderie, and courage of everyday heroes.

Original Release

07/04/1963

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Cast

Steve McQueen Hilts 'The Cooler King'
James Garner Hendley 'The Scrounger'
Richard Attenborough Bartlett 'Big X'
James Donald Ramsey 'The SBO'
Charles Bronson Danny 'Tunnel King'
Donald Pleasence Blythe 'The Forger'
James Coburn Sedgwick 'Manufacturer'
Hannes Messemer Von Luger 'The Kommandant'
David McCallum Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
Gordon Jackson MacDonald 'Intelligence'
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Sturges

Writers

W.R. Burnett, James Clavell, Walter Newman, Paul Brickhill

Cast

Steve McQueen Hilts 'The Cooler King'
James Garner Hendley 'The Scrounger'
Richard Attenborough Bartlett 'Big X'
James Donald Ramsey 'The SBO'
Charles Bronson Danny 'Tunnel King'
Donald Pleasence Blythe 'The Forger'
James Coburn Sedgwick 'Manufacturer'
Hannes Messemer Von Luger 'The Kommandant'
David McCallum Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
Gordon Jackson MacDonald 'Intelligence'
John Leyton Willie 'Tunnel King'
Angus Lennie Ives 'The Mole'
Nigel Stock Cavendish 'The Surveyor'
Robert Graf Werner 'The Ferret'
Jud Taylor Goff
Hans Reiser Herr Kuhn
Harry Riebauer Strachwitz
William Russell Sorren
Robert Freitag Capt. Posen
Ulrich Beiger Preissen

Producers

Walter Mirisch Executive Producer
John Sturges Producer
James Clavell Producer

Editors

Ferris Webster

1964 Oscar Best Film Editing Nominated
1964 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
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