This is a Boys' Own Tale, and, as boys, we wanted it, cleansed of horrors, for ourselves.
The Great Escape is simply great escapism.
Producer-director John Sturges has fashioned a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs.
Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it's good, solid stuff.
Worth seeing the last half hour, if nothing else, for one of the best stunt sequences in years: McQueen's motor-cycle bid for freedom.
It's a strictly mechanical adventure with make-believe men.