After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Wyoming, early 1900s. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid are the leaders of a band of outlaws. After a train robbery goes wrong they find themselves on the run with a posse hard on their heels. Their solution - escape to Bolivia.
George Roy Hill
Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war are all put in an "escape proof" camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the movie is played for comedy, as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use planes, trains, and boats to get out of occupied Europe.Written by
John Vogel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The filming schedule was changed due to heavy rain, meaning that interiors from the middle portion of the movie were shot first. See more »
Early in the movie, when the guards do a surprise inspection and come into the shower at night while Charles Bronson is digging, the guy looking out through the peep hole in the door could only see straight ahead to the next hut, whereas the guards are coming from his far right far beyond where he could see. See more »
Willie, since I was a boy, I hate and fear little rooms, closets, caves.
But Danny, you've dug seventeen tunnels. Over seventeen!
Because I must get out! I hide the fear, and I dig. Tomorrow night in the tunnel with all those men... I'm afraid maybe this time I will lose my head and ruin the escape for everybody.
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Some TV versions edit the scene in which Ives is shot and killed for trying to escape over the fence. See more »
"The Great Escape" is a rousing blend of suspense, action and ultimately tragedy, bolstered by an all-star cast, terrific music and beautiful European locations. A few fellow reviewers have cited the unbelievably "pristine" prison conditions, but the German authorities did try to uphold the Geneva Convention for Western Allied POWs. The characters in this film left their well-run 'stalag' anyway, and many paid the ultimate price. While entertaining its viewers, "The Great Escape" effectively depicted the tragic consequences.
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