The Great Escape

The Great Escape

DVD - 1998
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Mar 01, 2020

Please note that the bibliographic record, specifically the reviews from Library Journal and School Library Journal should be taken out to correct the fact that this is NOT a documentary and is clearly referring to something else. This Hollywood movie with Steve McQueen, James Garner and others of note really doesn't stand the test of time. It does have quite a lot of tension but the historical facts are all wrong and there is an overtone of comedy which is absolutely misplaced. It was worth viewing to see just how Hollywood dealt with serious topics like WWII at that particular time, 1963. For example, just about everybody who is cast as a likable comedic "hero" is American. My husband loved it for the nostalgia factor.

Dec 22, 2019

The comments are all muddled. This is the PBS documentary, not the Steve McQueen film.
I hope it is accurate and helps set the record straight: Stalag Luft 3 was a camp for British Commonwealth prisoners. So there were no American prisoners there. Several of the "starring roles" played by the big-name American actors in the movie were, in real life, very brave and clever Canadians.

🎖 Allied POWs plot a mass breakout from prison camp. Note that this was not a "concentration camp," military POWs were generally treated according to the Geneva conventions. As they explain during the movie, it's an officer's duty to try to escape, so they go in grand style. Beautifully photographed in Panavision, the premiere widescreen system of the day, on location in Germany. The excitement never stops, the cast is outstanding, and the Elmer Bernstein score will have you ready to climb in the tunnel. So, the Observer says, check it out.

Oct 19, 2019

Awesome, amazing, absolutely outstanding.
Cool, incredible, second best movie ever!!!

Aug 10, 2019

Nazi Germany has a problem with escaping POW's. The solution? build a high-security camp and send all the troublesome prisoners there. Doing this, the Third Reich has unwittingly created the most determined escape team in Germany. A plan is quickly laid out to dig three tunnels to escape Germany, while also drawing forces away from the front lines. I absolutely loved this film, the acting is great and the plot is better, somehow making a uplifting statement in the cruel events. Plus its original and has no cheesy romance stuffed in it. Be warned, it is very long. Definitely recommend to any boy. 5/5. @mittopic of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Aug 07, 2019

This film does not hold up well over time. I found at times it lay on the brink of being just another episode of Hogan's Heroes. It's just a little too clean. Probably a good, safe watch for the senior's crowd.

Mar 18, 2019

Couldn't wait to see this classic movie but it was unwatchable due to being in widescreen which literally only showed on a slim black bar in the middle of the TV screen. Need a fullscreen version so I can actually see the movie!

Aug 23, 2018

After watching the movie produced over 50 years ago I realized that there were no leading characters that made the movie great. It was the story of the escape and how each person played a particular role. Many of the actors that were lesser known in the early 60"s went on and developed wonderful acting careers. I was in my 3rd year of college when I saw the movie the first time and it was a reminder how much things have changed. I found it slow and to sit and watch it for close to 3 hours was a challenge for me.

Oct 23, 2017

one of my favorite movies

May 26, 2017

This is one of the all-time great war movies, a POW adventure from director John Sturges that celebrates the indomitable spirit of the Allied forces even when their backs were to the wall.

May 24, 2017

Classic film! It used to come on television about once a year. It was a family favorite. Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson - if anyone is going to breakout of a Nazi prison camp - you know those guys will. Still a great film if you haven't watched it lately. I recently borrowed a DVD from SPL, also called The Great Escape. It was a PBS show about the escape and it followed some archaeologists who were excavating one of the tunnels in the film. It also interviewed a couple of guys who were imprisoned there. Gives you some inside info about their escape and how they did it. The Luftwaffe built the prison camp for downed Allied airmen and they chose the location of the site because it was on particularly sandy soil - they hoped it would deter tunneling attempts, so the details about the tunneling process was really interesting! Be sure to check out both for great viewing.

ArapahoeSarahD Oct 14, 2016

This classic will have you at the edge of your seat.
Without giving too much away, this film is based on a true story about prisoners of war during WWII trying to escape captivity. The ingenuity and ability of prisoners to work toward a common goal despite their language and nationality differences makes this film empowering.
This movie is long but moves quickly enough that you will never be bored. Get the popcorn ready and prepare yourself for laughs, gasps and sometimes, a few tears.

Aug 30, 2016

good one

d2013 Sep 12, 2015

Steve McQueen gives a great performance in this exciting action-packed movie. Based on true events!

Aug 21, 2015

Can't beat Steve McQueen and WWII stories

Jul 16, 2015

Probably the best WW2 POW story ever put to film. All-Star cast, great production value, and incredible on-location scenes combine to make this a must-watch film.

May 17, 2014

Make no mistake, "The Great Escape" is thrilling beyond words. You see, it is based on a true story. A story of 100 Allied captured soldiers put in an "escape proof prison". They then are watched closely by the German guards. But these brave men devised a plan to get all 100 prisoners out of prison at one time. It is touching to see the devotion each man had for his comrades. They have enough courage to overcome just about anything. It is an amazing story and "The Great Escape" is a fine trilbute to a band of men the Germans would later regret ever having placed in the same prisoner of war camp.

humanfly Aug 15, 2013

It's a good movie, but it really drags out way too long. They could have shaved a half hour off and still told the same story. I love break out movies, but there are better examples.

aaa5756 May 25, 2013

One of the best films I have seen in this year. It was entertaining and interesting. Great performances a must see for all. Truly a really great movie worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

RobertLR Apr 26, 2013

still a good movie. Strange how much "freedom" the prisoners had, kinda feel bad for the Nazi comandant

Apr 11, 2013

Great war movie--one of the favorites in fact.

btmslt Mar 23, 2012

Phew, what an adventure! Too bad more did not sucessfully escape.

Aug 08, 2011

What, if anything, does one say about this film?

Something that Eddie Izzard points out ought have to been obvious to people long before: very few of the British or Commonwealth men survive the escape; even the one who is being shepherded by an American.

Due to the statement on the poster about it being "a glorious saga of the RAF", it's also a bit odd that 2/3 of the names above the title are Americans, and they're also the *first* two.

Once again, however, an example of how all you need are 'a strong plot, fully developed characters, and a bit of action' and you've got a hit on your hands.

Jul 14, 2011

A phenomenal film and one of my all-time favourites. The cast is excellent, the mix of drama and comedy is brilliant and the climax is truly exciting adventure and action- what more could anyone ask for in a movie! Sure it's 'embellished' to make it a fun movie, but there's none of the excessive 'bad guy' fabrication, nor the inclusion of irrelevant issues that're common for Hollywood films, which makes it even better. 5 stars plus.

Mar 23, 2011

Best escape movie ever- next to La Grand Illusion. Love the cooler thing. Great acting-portrays what a concentration camp was like-and what being executed was like. You can feel the suspense growing like a suppressing heat as the enemy gets closer. If you love a good thrill watch this fabulous movie! I cannot stress enough what a good movie this is.

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