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With its impeccably slow-building story and a cast for the ages, The Great Escape is an all-time action classic. Read critic reviews
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Capt. Hilts 'The Cooler King'
Flight Lt. Hendley 'The Scrounger'
Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett 'Big X'
Flight Lt. Danny Velinski 'The Tunnel King'
Group Capt. Ramsey 'The SBO'
Flight Lt. Colin Blythe 'The Forger'
Flying Officer Louis Sedgwick 'The Manufacturer'
Lt. Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
Flight Lt. Sandy MacDonald 'Intelligence'
Flight Lt. William Dickes 'The Tunneler'
Flying Officer Archibald Ives 'The Mole'
Flight Lt. Denys Cavendish 'The Surveyor'
Dai Nimmo ('Diversions')
Kommandant von Luger
Werner 'The Ferret'
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May 29, 2022A distorted re-telling of the actual 1944 escape from a heavily fortified German POW camp by mostly British soldiers. Implausibility reeks throughout the film, but it doesn't quell the the bravura filmmaking. And, even though the movie is heavily Americanized it's recognized in the UK as a favorite "family war movie."Aldo G Super Reviewer
May 22, 2016One of the great epic films. The Great Escape starts off slowly but is so full of detail. The film builds to its ultimate finale, and has one of the greatest action sequences in history: Steve McQueen's motorcycle chase. I have lost count how many times i have seen this. Its rewatchability is unrivaled.Peter B Super Reviewer
Oct 27, 2012Exciting, action-packed film. I think this is McQueen's best performance.Christian C Super Reviewer
Sep 27, 2012Funny how there are only three american characters in this film, yet they manage to make the film all about them. The Great Escapce is fun, it aged actually pretty well, but it's nothing mot. McQueen reminds of Michael Keaton; or should I say that Keaton reminds me of Steve McQueen.Hugo S Super Reviewer