The Great Escape

The Great Escape (1963)

Put a fence in front of these men... and they'll climb it!

  • Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
  • Release Date: 1963-06-20
  • User Rating: 8/10 from 1919 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 53min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: The Mirisch Company
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: John Sturges
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The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

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  • Steve McQueen

    as Hilts 'The Cooler King'
  • James Garner

    as Hendley 'The Scrounger'
  • Richard Attenborough

    as Bartlett 'Big X'
  • James Donald

    as Ramsey 'The SBO'
  • Charles Bronson

    as Danny 'Tunnel King'
  • Donald Pleasence

    as Blythe 'The Forger'
  • James Coburn

    as Sedgwick 'Manufacturer'
  • Hannes Messemer

    as Von Luger 'The Kommandant'
  • David McCallum

    as Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
  • Gordon Jackson

    as MacDonald 'Intelligence'
  • John Leyton

    as Willie 'Tunnel King'
  • Angus Lennie

    as Ives 'The Mole'
  • Nigel Stock

    as Cavendish 'The Surveyor'
  • Robert Graf

    as Werner 'The Ferret'
  • Jud Taylor

    as Goff
  • Hans Reiser

    as Herr Kuhn
  • Harry Riebauer

    as Stratwitch
  • William Russell

    as Sorren
  • Robert Freitag

    as Capt. Posen
  • Ulrich Beiger

    as Preissen
  • George Mikell

    as Lt. Dietrich
  • Lawrence Montaigne

    as Haynes ('Diversions')
  • Robert Desmond

    as Griffith 'Tailor'
  • Til Kiwe

    as Frick
  • Heinz Weiss

    as Kramer
  • Tom Adams

    as Dai Nimmo ('Diversions')
  • Karl-Otto Alberty

    as S.S. Officer Steinach
Sound Richard Carruth Music Editor
Editing Ferris Webster Editor
Production Allen K. Wood Production Supervisor
Camera Daniel L. Fapp Director of Photography
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Art Fernando Carrere Art Direction
Crew Robert E. Relyea Production Office Assistant
Costume & Make-Up Emile LaVigne Makeup Artist
Directing John Sturges Director
Production John Sturges Producer
Production Walter Mirisch Executive Producer
Crew A. Paul Pollard Special Effects
Art Kurt Ripberger Set Decoration
Directing Jack N. Reddish Assistant Director
Writing James Clavell Screenplay
Production James Clavell Producer
Writing Paul Brickhill Novel
Writing W.R. Burnett Screenplay
Directing John Franco Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Bert Henrikson Wardrobe Supervisor
Sound Wayne Fury Sound Effects Editor
Art Frank Agnone Property Master
Editing Don Tomlinson Assistant Editor
Sound Sam Freed Jr. Musician