The Great Escape

The Great Escape

DVD - 1998
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American, British and Canadian prisoners in a German P.O.W. camp join in a single mass break for freedom.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, c1998, 1963.
Edition: Widescreen version (2.35:1)
ISBN: 9780792838401
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (172 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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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.

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oquequefoi Aug 15, 2013

To aaa5756: your quote of Churchill cannot be verified--because he never uttered that phrase. Please, get your facts straight!

aaa5756 May 25, 2013

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

aaa5756 May 25, 2013

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

aaa5756 May 25, 2013

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill


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Apr 11, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: this movie will be intense to younger children

Apr 11, 2013

Violence: very mild violence

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Dec 13, 2012

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