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The Great Escape (1963)

4. The Great Escape (1963)

dir. John Sturges

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While not focusing on the warfare aspect of WWII, John Sturges’ The Great Escape follows a group of allied soldier PoWs at a Nazi-run camp.  The first half of the film has a comedic atmosphere as the captives outfox the captors digging out their escape tunnel.  The second half plays out as an action/ adventure when the prisoners begin and follow through with their daring escape.  Like The Thin Red Line, The Great Escape boasts a talented ensemble cast of: Steve McQueen, Lord Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and Donald Pleasance.

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