The Great Escape
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Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of performance. Proceeds benefit Capital University's The Schumacher Gallery. Please join the reception after the show! Originally released on the Fourth of July in 1963, THE GREAT ESCAPE returns for its 50th anniversary in partnership with The Schumacher Gallery's exhibit: Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press THE GREAT ESCAPE is based on a true story of Allied prisoners of war who managed to escape from an allegedly impenetrable Nazi prison camp during World War… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is a Boys' Own Tale, and, as boys, we wanted it, cleansed of horrors, for ourselves."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it's good, solid stuff."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"While it's a definite classic in the Steve McQueen gallery, it's also a masterpiece of the action genre..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Boasting an all-star cast, headed by a terrific Steve McQueen, Great Escape is one of the greatest, most enjoyable WWII adventures Hollywood has made."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Great Escape is simply great escapism."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Worth seeing the last half hour, if nothing else, for one of the best stunt sequences in years: McQueen's motor-cycle bid for freedom."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Watching the starry cast is always entertaining, and while The Great Escape has little new to say about war, this is really not a criticism."
‑ , Film4
"a slow burn which allows you to watch wildly different characters work together and form a team in spite of their differences"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A consummate work of nuts 'n bolts filmmaking devoted to the single end of creating something that is compulsively, endlessly watchable and re-watchable."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Producer-director John Sturges has fashioned a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It's a strictly mechanical adventure with make-believe men."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Even if you feel you know every scene backwards, there are still manifold pleasures here beyond nostalgia."
‑ Andrew Lowry, Total Film
"Each group of characters get their own riveting planning sequences, all skillfully told. This is one "heist" film where knowing the details of how the escape is supposed to go down before it happens only strengthens the suspense further."
‑ Eric Melin,
"An exceptional story about teamwork."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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