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The Great Escape (4-Jul-1963)

Director: John Sturges

Writers: James Clavell; W. R. Burnett

Based on a book: The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill

Music: Elmer Bernstein

Producer: John Sturges

Keywords: Action/Adventure, Prisoner of War, WWII, Nazis

British and American prisoners-of-war engineer a mass breakout from Stalag Luft III, into which the Germans have grouped together their most problematic prisoners. Based on a true incident which did not include Americans, who had been transferred out. Among the finest prison escape films ever produced. Nominated for Best Film Editing Oscar, and Golden Globe for Best Picture.

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


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