The Great Escape

The Great Escape

DVD - 1998
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The true story of 76 allied airmen who plot a massive escape from Stalag 3, a maximum security prison in World War II. They struggle against overwhelming odds to obtain freedom.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM/UA Home Video, c1998
ISBN: 9780792838401
Branch Call Number: DVD Great
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (172 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 18, 2019

Couldn't wait to see this classic movie but it was unwatchable due to being in widescreen which literally only showed on a slim black bar in the middle of the TV screen. Need a fullscreen version so I can actually see the movie!

Mar 04, 2019

I like films based on actual events. Definitely watch the 2nd disc to see the actual POW Veterans and history of what happened. The film had to cater to American audiences, so liberties were taken. But so much was dependent on eye witness accounts.

Aug 23, 2018

After watching the movie produced over 50 years ago I realized that there were no leading characters that made the movie great. It was the story of the escape and how each person played a particular role. Many of the actors that were lesser known in the early 60"s went on and developed wonderful acting careers. I was in my 3rd year of college when I saw the movie the first time and it was a reminder how much things have changed. I found it slow and to sit and watch it for close to 3 hours was a challenge for me.

Oct 23, 2017

one of my favorite movies

May 26, 2017

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.

May 24, 2017

Classic film! It used to come on television about once a year. It was a family favorite. Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson - if anyone is going to breakout of a Nazi prison camp - you know those guys will. Still a great film if you haven't watched it lately. I recently borrowed a DVD from SPL, also called The Great Escape. It was a PBS show about the escape and it followed some archaeologists who were excavating one of the tunnels in the film. It also interviewed a couple of guys who were imprisoned there. Gives you some inside info about their escape and how they did it. The Luftwaffe built the prison camp for downed Allied airmen and they chose the location of the site because it was on particularly sandy soil - they hoped it would deter tunneling attempts, so the details about the tunneling process was really interesting! Be sure to check out both for great viewing.

ArapahoeSarahD Oct 14, 2016

This classic will have you at the edge of your seat.
Without giving too much away, this film is based on a true story about prisoners of war during WWII trying to escape captivity. The ingenuity and ability of prisoners to work toward a common goal despite their language and nationality differences makes this film empowering.
This movie is long but moves quickly enough that you will never be bored. Get the popcorn ready and prepare yourself for laughs, gasps and sometimes, a few tears.

Aug 30, 2016

good one

d2013 Sep 12, 2015

Steve McQueen gives a great performance in this exciting action-packed movie. Based on true events!

Sep 05, 2015

I was pleased how this followed the true story of The Longest Tunnel which I read first.

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oquequefoi Aug 15, 2013

To aaa5756: your quote of Churchill cannot be verified--because he never uttered that phrase. Please, get your facts straight!

aaa5756 May 25, 2013

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Apr 11, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: this movie will be intense to younger children

Apr 11, 2013

Violence: very mild violence

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Dec 13, 2012

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