The Great Escape
The Great Escape (1963)

Based on the book by Paul Brickhill, The Great Escape is the true story of Allied prisoners plotting to break out of Nazi detention camp. Bartlett (Richard Attenborough) is the British officer who masterminds the escape. Out of 250… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 4, 1963
DVD Release Date: March 31, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With its impeccably slow-building story and a cast for the ages, The Great Escape is an all-time action classic.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

This is a Boys' Own Tale, and, as boys, we wanted it, cleansed of horrors, for ourselves.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it's good, solid stuff.

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Andrew Collins
Radio Times

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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TIME Magazine

The Great Escape is simply great escapism.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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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.

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Variety Staff

Producer-director John Sturges has fashioned a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

It's a strictly mechanical adventure with make-believe men.

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Andrew Lowry
Total Film

Even if you feel you know every scene backwards, there are still manifold pleasures here beyond nostalgia.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
There's some WW2 movies that go for the point of view of 1) some important job that HAS to be done, and/or (it could be both) there's the ones that go… More
Daniel Perry
A classic, no doubt, but the first hour moves way too slowly and overall it comes off as kind of cartoony. I think McQueen just gets out and gets caught again… More
Carlos Magalh„es
By investing good part of its narrative in the many particulars of the great escape planning, this outstanding prison break movie increases our connection with… More
Christian C
Exciting, action-packed film. I think this is McQueen's best performance.
Mike S
What a magnificent piece of classic cinema! Everything from the acting to the music is just pure artistic gold. What's even more amazing is how the details… More
Alex roy
John Sturges's masterwork The Great Escape is one of those essential war classics. With an all star cast of some of the most famous actors of the day, The… More