The Great Escape1963
The Great Escape (1963)
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as Virgil Hilts
as Senior Officer Ramsey
as Danny Velinski
as "The Mole" Ives
as "The Tailor" Griffith
as Von Luger
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Critic Reviews for The Great Escape
For all its missteps, when it comes to escapism, intrigue, and indulgence, you could do a whole lot worse than The Great Escape. Just watch it with an open eye.
This is a Boys' Own Tale, and, as boys, we wanted it, cleansed of horrors, for ourselves.
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.
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The Bank holiday classic. Didn't watch it for ages but once I did I found it was a pretty good story loosely based on a true story of P.O.W.s escaping from their prison camp during the second world war.
There's some WW2 movies that go for the point of view of 1) some important job that HAS to be done, and/or (it could be both) there's the ones that go for 2) the horror of war. And then there's what I call the "I remember World War 2" films wherein the war is seen through the subtle patina of nostalgia. "Those were the good old days!" This film is solidly in the second camp, as if two hours into the 20 year high school reunion some slightly inebriated few begin to wax teary-eyed about the day of the big game oh those many years ago. One very nearly roots for the bad guys.
By investing good part of its narrative in the many particulars of the great escape planning, this outstanding prison break movie increases our connection with a large gallery of memorable characters, making us deeply care about its consequences in a tense, breathtaking final act.
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