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The Great Escape 1963

  • John Sturges
  • July 4, 1963
  • 172 mins
  • English
  • Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Put a fence in front of these men...and they'll climb it...
The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security "escape-proof" camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.


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This movie is pretty spectacular. And boy howdy is that Steve McQueen a bad ass. Him barreling through the hills on the motorcycle...His coolness holds up. Two questions though:

  1. If they found the hole, why were they allowed to still stay in those bunks?

  2. No way he'd be allowed to take a ball and mitt in the hole right? No way.

Anyway, great movie, and it really picks up in the third hour. Which makes sense considering we just spent 2 hours watching them plan and prepare. Hey, the theme is the whistled tune in River Kwai right?

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