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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Steve McQueen
James Garner
Richard Attenborough
James Coburn
Charles Bronson
Directors
John Sturges
Screenwriters
Paul Brickhill
James Clavell
W R Burnett
Running Time
169 minutes

The Great Escape: Special Edition
Classic World War II escape extravaganza with the ultimate ensemble cast and that motorcycle scene.


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Plot
It's World War II and escape from army camps is a full time occupation. All the great escape artists somehow end up in a camp together and plan the biggest bust ever. Each character has a function - scrounger, forger etc. and, inspite of inevitable hiccups, all perform to impressive effect, each helping us along to the impressive finalé.


Verdict
Familiar as grandad's tea time lectures it might be, but this World War II extravaganza always rewards the return.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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