The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Director: John Sturges Cast: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough

DVD (Wide Screen / Mono)

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John Sturges' nail-biting POW classic The Great Escape arrives on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a half-hour documentary, production notes, trivia, and the original theatrical trailer. This fine package will please fans of the film and may draw some interest from people unfamiliar with it.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/1998
UPC: 0027616668028
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 2:52:00
Sales rank: 2,106

Special Features

24-minute documentary on the making of "The Great Escape"; Trivia and production notes; Original theatrical trailer; Dual-layer format for continuous playback

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen "Cooler King" Hilts
James Garner "The Scrounger" Hendley
Richard Attenborough "Big X" Bartlett
James Donald Senior Officer Ramsey
Charles Bronson Danny Velinski
James Coburn "The Manufacturer" Sedgwick
David McCallum Ashley-Pitt "Dispersal"
Donald Pleasence "The Forger" Blythe
Gordon Jackson MacDonald "Intelligence"
John Leyton Willie "Tunnel King"
Angus Lennie "The Mole" Ives
Nigel Stock Cavendish "The Surveyor"
Jud Taylor Goff
William Russell Sorren
Robert Desmond "The Tailor" Griffith
Tom Adams Nimmo
Lawrence Montaigne Haynes
Hannes Messemer Von Lugar "The Kommandant"
Robert Graf Werner "The Ferret"
Harry Riebauer Strachwitz
Hans Reiser Kuhn
Robert Freitag Posen
Heinz Weiss Kramer
Til Kiwe Frick
Ulrich Beiger Preissen
George Mikell Dietrich
Karl Otto Alberty Steinach

Technical Credits
John Sturges Director,Producer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
Fernando Carrere Art Director
James Clavell Screenwriter
Bud Ekins Stunts
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Bert Henrikson Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Jack N. Reddish Asst. Director
Ferris Webster Editor

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles [:21]
2. The Prisoners Arrive [3:22]
3. Escape Attempt #1 [4:45]
4. The Blind Spot [8:18]
5. To The Cooler [:28]
6. Barlett's Arrival [1:40]
7. The Objective [3:23]
8. The Escape Committee [4:32]
9. Forger & Scrounger [4:19]
10. Stealing Steel [2:24]
11. Tunneling Begins. [1:21]
12. Spot Inspection [2:17]
13. Hilts & Ives' Plan [4:19]
14. Come All Ye Faithful [1:09]
15. Tempting The Guard [:17]
16. Dealing For A Camera [2:27]
17. Tunnel Collapse [2:06]
18. Independence Day [2:51]
19. Finding "Tom" [6:24]
20. Doubts Abut Blythe [1:21]
21. The Escape Begins [8:48]
22. 20 Feet Short [3:28]
23. Discovered! [1:56]
24. The Chase [1:53]
25. Death At The Station [6:13]
26. Taking The Plane [1:42]
27. Crash Landing [5:16]
28. Motorcycle Pursuit [2:48]
29. The Resistance [7:25]
30. The Massacre [2:00]
31. Back To The Cooler [6:04]
32. End Titles [6:36]

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The Great Escape 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this DVD in my stocking this year. Santa must know that I like war movies and this is a great one. The plot is intense and makes your pulse race from the opening shot. The most fun part is seeing ALL of the tremendous actors who are part of this film: James Garner, Charles Bronson, and all those British guys you know their faces, but not their names. I find it odd that Steve McQueen is given top billing. It seems to me that he had more of a cameo or walk-on than a starring role. Watch the documentary and you'll know why. I can't beleive that this movie was to be shot in California! This movie would not have been half as good if it had not been shot in Europe. The Polish set is amazing! It just goes to show that ''they don't make em' like they used to''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While McQueen's character is more or less a composite, the basic story of Tom, Dick and Harry at Stalag Luft III is true. My father was a ''penguin'', one of many POWs who assisted in the real life escape plot, and he still bears the scars of his captivity today. ''The Great Escape'' is one of his favorite movies, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Great Escape is a must for all war movie lovers. Hey it's a must for all movie lovers. About 300 POWs find themselves in a camp which is filed 'escape-proof'. The Nazi's put all of their most troublesome escape artists in one camp, or as the commandant puts it ''All of the rotten eggs in one basket.'' Well let me tell you, these men are not going to stand by quietly and sit out the war as comfortablely as possible, as the commandant puts it. They are going to dig! And they don't plan to take out three or a dozen, how about more like 200. Based on a true story, the Great Escape is a wonderful movie for all. With the escape exactly as it happened in real life, it will keep you gripping the arms of your chair. Oh, and don't forget the awesome motorcycle chase with Steve McQueen. With great music by Elmer Bernstein, and great actors like Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and many more, you can't afford to miss this movie. Made with just the right amount of laughter and action, it's a movie that you will cherish forever.
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