The Great Escape (1963)

One of the greatest war films ever made, the Great Escape combined the biggest names in Hollywood with the best of British character talent. Steve McQueen stars(in what is possibly his best role) as the legendary 'Cooler King' in this true story of a mass breakout from a tough German P.O.W. camp during WW2.

This is a film that is unmissable because of its sence of humour, quality performances and a fantasic final sequence which grapically displays the cooler kings bid for freedom on a stolen motorcycle at the swiss border. McQueen attempts at clearing the barb wire are not to be missed.

This film is a tribute to man's indomitable spirit and his yearning to be free. Even though the prisoners know that they will probably be executed if they try a jail break their will is such that they would risk all for the one moment of freedom.

Based on true story, this blockbuster was beautifully photographed by Daniel Fapp on location in Germany. Rip-roaring excitement with marvelous international cast; script by James Clavell and W.R. Burnett, from Paul Brickhill's book. Rousing score by Elmer Bernstein. Followed by a TV sequel twenty-five years later.

CAST DETAILS

'Cooler King' Hilts......................................................Steve McQueen

'The Scrounger' Hendley...............................................James Garner

'Big X' Bartlet....................................................Richard Attenborough

Senior Officer Ramsey...................................................James Donald

Danny Velinski..........................................................Charles Bronson

'The Manufacturer' sedgwick.........................................James Coburn

Asley Pitt..................................................................David McCallum

McDonald.................................................................Gordon Jackson

Willie.............................................................................John Leyton

'The Forger' Blythe..................................................Donald Pleasence

Director.........................................................................John Sturges

Academy Award Nominations 1963

Ferris Webster.............................................Film Editing

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