The great escape [videorecording]

greatescape   Lisa  Review by:  Lisa

Title:  The great escape [videorecording]

Starring:  Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn

Collection:  Movies

In 1943, the Germans opened Stalag Luft North, a maximum-security prisoner-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. In doing so, however, the Nazis unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history brilliantly portrayed here by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson and James Coburn who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. One of the most ingenious and suspenseful adventure films of all time, The Great Escape is a masterful collaboration between director John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven), screenwriters James Clavell (Shogun) and W.R. Burnett (Little Caesar), and composer Elmer Bernstein. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is epic entertainment that “entertains,captivates, thrills and stirs” (Variety).

I had not seen any movies featuring Steve McQueen, and really didn’t know much about him aside from what Sheryl Crow included in the song, and a general sense that he was widely regarded as cool.  The Great Escape is a wonderful film, featuring many recognizable actors who make up an impressive ensemble cast.  The story is at times humorous, frightening, and heart-breakin. Clever writing and excitement ensures the movie will continue to stand the test of time.

 

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