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The Great Escape (DVD)

Arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made, John Sturges's dramatisation of the true story of a group of British, American, and Canadian ...

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Excellent

ProExcellent adventure film! Great extras.

ConsJames Coburns Australian accent!

As soon as the music starts you know exactly what film is starting, you know what’s going to happen and you know that this has been on TV nearly every Christmas since you can remember…. This is how The Great Escape is known! Don’t worry about the fact that the story is based on true events and...

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“Dig for Freedom”

published 25/11/2010

ProGreat story, excellent acting, the right balance o...

Consnothing major

FILM ONLY REVIEW During the Second World War the German troops build a new prisoner of war camp which they believe to be escape proof. They move in a few hundred men who have all tried to escape from other camps before as they believe they will be safe here. The leader of the men decides that he...

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“Best War Film Ever”

published 15/04/2001

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Undoubtedly one of the most entertaining war movies ever made, this is based on the true story of 76 Allied soldiers who managed to escape from a German P.O.W. camp in 1942. Released in 1963, The Great Escape was one of the most successful blockbusters of its day and consolidated Steve McQueen's...

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“For the Fifty”

published 07/09/2001

ProGreat cast, great score...Great Escape!

ConsWe all know what's going to happen. After all, we...

After the harsh realities of combat inflicted on us by the likes of 'Saving Private Ryan', it's sometimes nice to settle back into a different era of war movies. Back when 'The Great Escape' was made, it didn't matter if the movie took a few liberties were taken with the story - as long as it was...

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“For you Tommy ze var is over”

published 31/07/2001

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Women are strange creatures. Any bloke reading that will know what I'm talking about but what forced me to say that now (and how does it relate to The great Escape)? When I asked Mrs TheNeil what she fancied watching, she quite surprisingly opted for The Great Escape. Huh? "But surely dear you...

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Excellent

ProDirection; cast; appeal of watching it over and ov...

ConsSome suspect accents

As far as classic war films go, this has a lot to answer for. All star casts, nicknames, enduring theme music, great plot, direction and (on the whole) acting. All in all, a pretty hard act to follow. Films that centred on World War II were quite commonplace at the time of release in the early...

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Super

ProSome interesting additional material

ConsNone Really

The Great Escape is a classic 1963 film directed by John Sturges, with an impressive cast list, including Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and stalwarts of the British Acting community such as Richard Attenborough and Gordon Jackson, along with Angus Lennie who went on...

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Excellent

“A Classic War Film!”

published 20/12/2009

ProReally interesting, based on a true story, excitin...

ConsNone

The Great Escape Film Only Review Watching the Great Escape on Sky Anytime last night I thought I had to review it. This movie is based on a book by Paul Brickhill who actually was in the camp in March 1944! The film is therefore based on true events but there are some inaccuracies so you should...

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Excellent

“Cooler Ives Tventy Days”

published 18/05/2001

ProExcellent Acting, Gripping Plot, True

ConsNope

I feel mildly guilty. The other week I was composing my top 10 list of films and The Great Escape despite being an absolutely cracking film missed out on inclusion. So to assuage my conscience I'm gonna devote a whole opinion to saying how great it is. And it isn't difficult because this is a...

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“THE GREAT ESCAPE”

published 24/12/2008

ProSinply Brilliant

ConsNone

THE GREAT ESCAPE. *************************** ~Introductio n~ **************** T his movie is based on a book by Paul Brickhill, who was actually in the camp in March 1944 Shown every Christmas and some would argue it wouldn't be Christmas without it being on telly. It is the story of British and...

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“Theres A Mole In The camp”

published 18/12/2000

ProGood escapist stuff

ConsNone

A classic war story based on true events that actually took place in the German prisoner of war camp Stalag III. (There were times when we called our school Stalag because of the harsh regime but that's got nothing to do with the Great Escape. But we did have our own tunnel.) Dramatised for...

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Excellent

ProFantastic story, excellent performances, true to t...

ConsVery few Hollywood action sequences

Before i get in to the actual movie, i think it's important to point out that The Great Escape is very much based upon a true story. In World War II, the Germans grew tired of repeated escape attempts by POWs across the nation. As a way of putting "all their dirty eggs in one basket", the worst...

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Excellent

ProSuperb film sound and quality, Possibly best ever ...

Consnone

The Great Escape. Director: John Sturgess. Screen writers: James Clavell & W.R.Burnett. Music Composer: Elmer Bernstien. The Film. In my opinion. Probably the best WWII prisoner of War film ever made. Based on a lot of truth, with only minor changes for film purposes. In 1943 the Germans...

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Excellent

“The Great Escape”

published 26/08/2004

ProTruly inspirational

Consless recognisable cast for us youth

This film should be shown as a team building exercise in big companies where such exercises are widespread. This would do the trick better than any talks, seminars or conferences. Secondly, if you've ever given up on something you really wanted, then watch this film, reflect on it carefully, get...

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“An EXCELLENT Escape”

published 27/09/2001

ProGreat music and scenery

ConsOnly a mono soundtrack

This film needs itroduction. We are all aware of Steve 'The Cooler' McQueen's motorcycle escape attempt - but how many of you know that although he did not make the jump himself, he did chase himself! Absolutely true!! Mr. McQueen was an acomplished motor cycle rider in his day and used to...

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Arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made, John Sturges's dramatisation of the true story of a group of British, American, and Canadian POWs who executed a massive escape from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944, stars Steve McQueen as the rebellious Virgil Hilts. The German high command has filtered out all the most talented escape artists of the Allies' and placed them in a POW camp specifically designed to foil any unwanted departures. Of course, as soon as they arrive, the prisoners 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: Bob "Scrounger" Hendley (James Garner) steals necessary items, Eric "Dispersal" Ashley-Pitt (David McCallum) hides the soil being dug from the tunnels, and Danny "the Tunnel King" Willinski (Charles Bronson) and Colin "the Forger" Blythe (Donald Pleasence) have self-explanatory handles. 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 host of big-name stars meshes beautifully in this meticulous re-creation of the legendary escape. Although this is a film about courage, Sturges wisely takes a low-key approach, leavened with humour, rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics. However, McQueen's memorable motorcycle stunts could be said to fit in that category. THE GREAT ESCAPE, based on the book by Paul Brickhill, is quite simply one of the grandest war films ever made, 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 unforgettable.

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