The Great Escape

The Great Escape
Review: Based on a true story of Allied prisoners of war who managed to escape from a Nazi prison camp during World War II.
Director: John Sturges
Actors: Steve McQueen, James Garner  and Richard Attenborough
Year: 1963
Genre: Action, Adventure, Classics, Drama and History
Conclusion: 4/5
A very dramatic and tense film. Steve McQueen does all his motorcycle stunts himself. He demanded that the script be rewritten for his character to do more, this held up production. This will always be a classic film. This will always be regarded as a classic film which didn’t win any awards just like The Shawshank Redemption. This features no main female characters. In real life the escape preparations involved 600 men working for well over a year and the date when they escaped was 24th March 1944. Although this is based on historical events, all the characters are fictional. It is said on the BBFC website that there were cuts made to this film. The details are not available. This is on Barry Norman’s list of 100 Greatest Films of all time that he produced at the start of 2012 in the Radio Times. One thing that Steve McQueen once said was ‘When I did ‘The Great Escape,’ I kept thinking, if they were making a movie of my life, that’s what they’d call it – the great escape.’

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