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The Great Escape
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Directed By
John Sturges

Written By:
James Clavell, W.R. Burnett

Cast:
Tom Adams, Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, David McCallum, James Donald, Gordon Jackson, Hannes Messemer, John Leyton, Nigel Stock, Jud Taylor, Karl Otto Alberty, Hans Reiser, Robert Freitag, Angus Lennie, Robert Graf, Harry Riebauer

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The Great Escape (1963)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
September 23rd, 2007

75 Movies Every Man Should See

Favorite Movie Quote: "Oh my God, they found Tom."

This movie created the sixties. It is not about Nazis; it's about the Man.

Steve McQueen and James Garner lead a great ensemble cast in this great John Sturges directed war movie about an RAF escape attempt from a German POW camp.

Outside of the Ocean's movies, there are not many great ensemble movies made these days due to the enormous salaries paid to the stars.

It is an escape movie, but it plays like a caper flick. What they are stealing in this case, is their freedom. The setup is extremely complicated and fascinating. Of course, only 76 make it out instead of the planned 250, and not many experience freedom, but it still plays well after all these years.

It is well worth watching again and again to see Steve McQueen's attempted escape on a motorcycle.

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