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Great Escape, The - Definitive Edition (2 Disc Set) (DVD)

Great Escape, The - Definitive Edition (2 Disc Set)
Arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made, John Sturges's dramatisation of the true story of a... more »
Thriller, War
Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough,   more »
John Sturges


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Arguably the best World War II adventure film ever made, John Sturges's dramatisation of the true story of a group of British, American, and Canadian POWs who executed a massive escape from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944, stars Steve McQueen as the rebellious Virgil Hilts. The German high command has filtered out all the most talented escape artists of the Allies' and placed them in a POW camp specifically designed to foil any unwanted departures. Of course, as soon as they arrive, the prisoners begin work on a series of tunnels under the direction of Roger "Big X" Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). He assigns the POWs to jobs according to their specialties: Bob "Scrounger" Hendley (James Garner) steals necessary items, Eric "Dispersal" Ashley-Pitt (David McCallum) hides the soil being dug from the tunnels, and Danny "the Tunnel King" Willinski (Charles Bronson) and Colin "the Forger" Blythe (Donald Pleasence) have self-explanatory handles. For more than a year, 600 prisoners, most of whom won't be leaving, work toward an escape that will temporarily disrupt the operations of the German army. The host of big-name stars meshes beautifully in this meticulous re-creation of the legendary escape. Although this is a film about courage, Sturges wisely takes a low-key approach, leavened with humour, rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics. However, McQueen's memorable motorcycle stunts could be said to fit in that category. THE GREAT ESCAPE, based on the book by Paul Brickhill, is quite simply one of the grandest war films ever made, featuring many key scenes (McQueen's motorcycle chase, McQueen tossing the baseball against the cell wall, Bronson sliding on his chest in the tunnel) that are unforgettable.

Special Features

  • O-Ring Packaging
  • Trivia Track
  • Audio Commentary with cast and crew
  • The Great Escape: The Untold Story
  • Additional Interviews
  • The Great Escape: Heroes Underground
  • Original Documentary: A Man Called Jones... The Real Virgil Hilts
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

Year of Release
Country of Origin
United States
Run Time (minutes)
Subtitle Language
  • English,
  • Swedish,
  • Norwegian,
  • Danish,
  • Finnish,
  • Portuguese,
  • Polish,
  • Greek,
  • Hungarian,
  • Hebrew,
  • Turkish,
  • Czech,
  • Slovenian,
  • Croatian,
  • English - HI
Audio Format
Dolby Digital Mono
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1 16:9 Enhanced
Transfer Aspect Ratio
First Released
DVD 30days Sales Rank
DVD Region
Number of Discs
Video Format

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