The Great Escape
The Great Escape

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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.... (Full plot summary below)

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

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Empire - 10/10 by Bob MccabeThe final act of The Great Escape is a masterfully sustained piece of action and tension as the various escapees struggle for freedom via train, bicycle, motorbike, row boat and hitchhiking. The Great Escape should always be seen. It reminds us of a history that is all too quickly forgotten.
Flipside Movie Emporium - 10/10 by Rob VauxHow can you hear that theme song and not want to watch it all over again?
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 10/10 by Philip MartinWere it to be remade today, the Nazis would be more evil, the heroes less interesting and the movie a great deal louder.
Atlantic City Weekly - 10/10 by Lori HoffmanOne of the greatest 'popcorn' movies ever
The A.V. Club - 10/10 by Scott TobiasMcQueen speeding across the German countryside and leaping over the first of two barbed-wire fences leading into Switzerland may be the film's most iconic and enduring image. Dubious or not, it's a triumph of sorts that a tale that ends in war crimes could have such a rousing conclusion.
Austin Chronicle - 10/10 by Marjorie BaumgartenOne of the all-time great action movies, The Great Escape also features an all-star international cast. The first half of the movie sets up all the various characters who have to drop their prickly differences and unite to outwit their German captors. Steve McQueen as the Cooler King is a genuine classic.
eFilmCritic.com - 10/10 by Scott WeinbergIt's all right there in the title: it's an escape and it's great!
Slant Magazine - 9/10 by Chris CabinThe Great Escape is that rare war film that doesn’t fully indulge in assumed nationalism, save for the fact that everyone speaks English. Sturges never touches on the essential hollowness and cruel pageantry of war, but he does the next best thing by depicting an international effort where victory, no matter how short-lived, depends on the cooperation of myriad talents, rather than the gruff can-do attitude of an unbreakable chosen one.
Movie Metropolis - 9/10 by John J. Puccio...when the term blockbuster too often suggests digital special effects or a place to rent movies, The Great Escape reminds us of the true meaning of the word.
Variety - 9/10 by Variety StaffProducer-director John Sturges has fashioned a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs.

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