The book is quite the tale. Hard to believe that it all happened. But a feast to the imagination of the reader. It captures all your fantasies about freedom and the rewards of not giving up and finding your place. This movie did take it to a higher level, with good actors, fulfiling it. While it does not leave to the imagination, all the gaps and gray areas, like literature does, it does makes it a bit more credible.
A unique prison film that spans a timeline of an incarceration rather than focusing on the need to escape or the wrongfully accused. Steve McQueen shines as he subtly alters his acting as his character ages and undergoes trauma. There were some elements of dark humor without going into his Great Escape character.