The Great Escape
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
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

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"One of the greatest 'popcorn' movies ever"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"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
"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
"Expertly directed and written with an infectious undercurrent of wry humor."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it's good, solid stuff."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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 title also suits the film's ultimate aim to be a great escape film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's as blow-dried as McQueen looks even on a bad day, but The Great Escape's mix of suspense, humor, and old-fashioned derring-do pitched by a dream-team cast is so enjoyable that only a lout would complain about it."
‑ Mark Bourne,
More reviews for The Great Escape on Rotten Tomatoes

More Like This

The Way Back
The Way Back (2010)
Papillon (1973)
Stalag 17
Stalag 17 (1953)