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.