The Great Escape is based on the true story of a group of Allied prisoners of war who managed to escape from an allegedly impenetrable Nazi prison camp during World War II. At the beginning of the film, the Nazis gather all their most devious and troublesome POWs and place them at a new prison camp, which was designed to be impervious to escapes. Immediately, the prisoners develop a scheme where they will leave the camp by building three separate escape tunnels. Richard Attenborough is the British soldier who masterminds the whole plan, and who commands his motley squad--featuring Charles Bronson as a Polish trench-digging expert, James Garner as an American with a talent for theft, Donald Pleasence as a masterful forger, and Steve McQueen as an American rebel--through the construction of the tunnels and, eventually, their escape.
Criterion collection ; 1027
Criterion collection ; 1027 DVD.
Prisoner-of-war escapes -- Fiction.
Prisoners of war -- Poland -- Żagań -- Fiction.
Stalag Luft III -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, German -- Fiction.
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Bronson, Charles, 1921-2003, actor.
Burnett, W. R. (William Riley), 1899-1982, screenwriter.
Clavell, James, screenwriter.
Criterion Collection (Firm), publisher.
Donald, James, 1917-1993, actor.
Garner, James, 1928-2014, actor.
MGM Home Entertainment Inc., production company.
McQueen, Steve, 1930-1980, actor.
Pleasence, Donald, actor.
Sturges, John, 1910-1992, film director, film producer.
motion picture adaptation of (work): Brickhill, Paul. Great escape.