The Great Escape
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1963
Director: John Sturges
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 027616-668028
Running time: 2:52 (172 Min.)
Casetype: Keep Case
Format: NTSC, Widescreen 2.35:1
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: March 31, 1998
Collection type: Owned (#786)
Status: Available
Purchase date: January 04, 2000
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 10 / 10
Review (video): 0 / 10
Overview
In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft North, a maximum security prisoner-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history – brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn – who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted.

One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time, The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar), and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is epic entertainment that "entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs" (Variety).
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Genres
War
Action
Studios
Production Studios:
 • The Mirisch Company
 • United Artists
Media Companies:
 • MGM Home Entertainment
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital Mono
French  Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles
English
French
Spanish
Tags
Jukebox
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Featurettes
 • Closed Captioned
 • 8-Page Booklet
Crew
Direction
John Sturges....Director
Writing
Paul Brickhill....Original Material By
James Clavell....Screenwriter
W. R. Burnett....Screenwriter
Production
John Sturges....Producer
Cinematography
Daniel L. Fapp....Director of Photography
Film Editing
Ferris Webster....Film Editor
Music
Elmer Bernstein....Composer
Art
Fernando Carrere....Art Director
Emile Lavigne....Make-up Artist
Paul Pollard....Visual Effects
Bert Henrikson....Costume Designer
Cast
Robert Graf....Werner "The Ferret"
Nigel Stock.... Cavendish "The Surveyor"
Angus Lennie....Ives "The Mole"
John Leyton....Willie "Tunnel King"
Gordon Jackson....MacDonald "Intelligence"
David McCallum....Ashley - Pitt "Dispersal"
Hannes Messemer....Von Luger "The Kommandant"
James Coburn....Sedgwick "Manufacturer"
Donald Pleasence....Blythe "The Forger"
Charles Bronson....Danny "Tunnel King"
James Donald....Ramsey "The SBO"
Richard Attenborough....Bartlett "Big X"
James Garner....Hendley "The Scrounger"
Steve McQueen....Hilts "The Cooler King"
Jud Taylor....Goff
Hans Reiser....Herr Kuhn
Harry Riebauer....German Sgt. Strachwitz
William Russell....Sorren
Robert Freitag....Capt. Posen
Ulrich Beiger....Preissen
George Mikell....Lt. Dietrich
Lawrence Montaigne....Hayes "Diversions"
Robert Desmond....Griffith "Tailor"
Til Kiwe....Frick
Heinz Weiss....Kramer
Tom Adams....Dai Nimmo "Diversions"
Karl-Otto Alberty....Steinach (German officer)