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The Great Escape

The Great Escape(1963)

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Brief Synopsis

Thrown together by the Germans, a group of captive Allied troublemakers plot a daring escape.

Cast & Crew

John Sturges Director
Robert Graf Werner "The Ferret"
Nigel Stock [Flt. Lt. Denys] Cavendish "The Surveyor"
Angus Lennie [Flying Officer Archibald "Archie"] Ives "The Mole"
John Leyton [Flt. Lt. William] Willie "Tunnel King" [Dickes]
Gordon Jackson [Flt. Lt. Sandy "Mac"] MacDonald "Intelligence"
David McCallum [Lt. Commander Eric] Ashley-Pitt "Dispersal"
Hannes Messemer [Col.] Von Luger "The Kommandant"
James Coburn [Flying Officer Louis] Sedgwick "Manufacturer"
Donald Pleasence [Flt. Lt. Colin] Blythe "The Forger"
Charles Bronson [Flt. Lt.] Danny "Tunnel King" [Velinski]
James Donald [Capt.] Ramsey "The SBO"
Richard Attenborough [Squadron Leader Roger] Bartlett "Big X"

Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  Los Angeles opening: 3 Jul 1963
Release Date:  1963 Production Date:  [Panavision]
A Mirisch-Alpha Production
AFI Library
Color/B&W:  Color (DeLuxe) Distributions Co:  United Artists Corp.
Sound:  Mono (Westrex Recording System) Production Co:  The Mirisch Company, Inc., Alpha Corp.
Duration(mins):  168-170 Country:  Germany and United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  18    

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  • The Great Escape on Criterion Collection DVD

    Jeffrey Kenison 2017-12-08

    Here's another World War II epic classic that deserves to be on Criterion Collection DVD. I like Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough,... MORE>

  • Great Escape = Great Movie

    Movie Lady 2016-03-19

    I saw this movie for the first time at the drive-in with my parents when I was eight years old. I fell madly in love with, not Steve McQueen or James... MORE>

  • The Great Escape

    Michael Whitty 2016-01-07

    The adventure and suspense of a World War II POW escape is given good stress of character and camerawork in "The Great Escape" a 1963 film... MORE>