The Great Escape (1963)

JOHN STURGES

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1963.  Screenplay by , , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1963Golden Globe Awards 1963.

A huge cast of actors is assembled for this exciting wartime adventure. Steve McQueen heads the group as an American soldier in a Nazi Prisoner-Of-War camp who decides to join in the fun when his fellow inmates, mostly British with some Americans, engineer the perfect escape. Tunnel digging, guard bribing and much revelry soon follow, and director John Sturges has a great time taking you through the whole process step by step. What he doesn’t do, however, is ever justify the film’s ridiculous length, three hours of a story that could have definitely been told well in two. All the same, it’s a good time to be had, and the many notable faces, especially James Garner, James Coburn and a marvelous , contribute much to it.

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