The Great Escape

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John Sturges dramatisation 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 humour, rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics.


  • Steve McQueen
  • James Garner
  • Richard Attenborough
  • James Donald
  • Charles Bronson
  • Donald Pleasence
  • James Coburn
  • Hannes Messemer
  • David McCallum
  • Gordon Jackson

Did You Know?


  • Steve McQueen also personally attempted the jump across the border fence, but crashed. The jump was successfully performed by Bud Ekins.
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  • The motorcycle that Hilts uses in his escape attempt was a 1960s British Triumph 650.
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    • Bartlett: One has to ask some very strange things in the job I have.
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The Great Escape is that rare war film that doesn’t fully indulge in assumed nationalism, save for the fact that everyone speaks English. Sturges never touches on the essential hollowness and cruel pageantry of war, but he does the next best thing by depicting an international effort where victory, no matter how short-lived, depends on the cooperation of myriad talents, rather than the gruff can-do attitude of an unbreakable chosen one.

Metacritic review by Chris Cabin
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

The Great Escape is great entertainment. [06 Jun 2004]

Metacritic review by Walter Addiego
Walter Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle