The Great Escape (1963): A Great Films mini-review

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John Sturges


Allied POWs plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

My mini-review:

What an epic film that I really enjoyed! It is such an amazing achievement. A picture that is complete with great acting, wonderful directing and awesome cinematography. Though it has a long runtime, you don’t get the sense that it drags on. Instead, it keeps on going smoothly with great plot twists until it reaches a very satisfying ending. A film that is worth all the hype and a true cinema masterpiece.

Favorite scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • The tunnel scenes
  • Preparing to escape
  • The third act

Outstanding performances:

  • Steve McQueen (as Hilts ‘The Cooler King’)
  • Charles Bronson (as Danny ‘Tunnel King’)


2 hours and 52 minutes




Adventure / Drama / War