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2,340 Ratings

The Great Escape

Directed by John Sturges
United States, 1963


Based on a true story, a group of prisoners of war during World War II plan an elaborate escape plan from a German POW camp that is believed to be “escape proof.”

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The Great Escape Directed by John Sturges

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1964 | Nominee: Best Film Editing

National Board of Review

1963 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Writers Guild of America

1964 | Nominee: Best Written American Drama (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1964 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture - Drama

Critics reviews

…The Great Escape is that rare war film that doesn’t fully indulge in assumed nationalism, save for the fact that everyone speaks English. Sturges never touches on the essential hollowness and cruel pageantry of war, but he does the next best thing by depicting an international effort where victory, no matter how short-lived, depends on the cooperation of myriad talents, rather than the gruff can-do attitude of an unbreakable chosen one.
May 21, 2013
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Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it’s good, solid stuff, directed with an unusual lack of rhetoric by John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock).
January 01, 1980
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