The Great Escape

The Great Escape

DVD - 1963
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The true story of 76 Allied airmen who, during World War II, plotted a massive escape from Stalag 3, a maximum-security German prison camp.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : MGM/UA Home Video, c1963.
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780792838401
0792838408
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (172 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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greatflicks
Aug 23, 2018

After watching the movie produced over 50 years ago I realized that there were no leading characters that made the movie great. It was the story of the escape and how each person played a particular role. Many of the actors that were lesser known in the early 60"s went on and developed wonderful acting careers. I was in my 3rd year of college when I saw the movie the first time and it was a reminder how much things have changed. I found it slow and to sit and watch it for close to 3 hours was a challenge for me.

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skiylourex
Oct 23, 2017

one of my favorite movies

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RoyalJellyIII
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.

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

aaa5756 May 25, 2013

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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

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