The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Director: John Sturges Cast: Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
, James Garner
James Garner
, Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
, James Donald
James Donald
John Sturges
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Director: John Sturges Cast: Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
, James Garner
James Garner
, Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough
, James Donald
James Donald
John Sturges

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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The Great Escape is based on the true story of a group of Allied prisoners of war who managed to escape from an allegedly impenetrable Nazi prison camp during World War II. At the beginning of the film, the Nazis gather all their most devious and troublesome POWs and place them at a new prison camp, which was designed to be impervious to escapes. Immediately, the prisoners develop a scheme where they will leave the camp by building three separate escape tunnels. Richard Attenborough is the British soldier who masterminds the whole plan, and who commands his motley squad--featuring Charles Bronson as a Polish trench-digging expert, James Garner as an American with a talent for theft, Donald Pleasence as a masterful forger, and Steve McQueen as an American rebel--through the construction of the tunnels and, eventually, their escape. An epic adventure film, The Great Escape runs nearly three hours, featuring a rousing Elmer Bernstein score and exciting action sequences -- including a notorious motorcycle chase between McQueen and the Nazis -- the likes of which had never been seen before in Hollywood productions.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2020
UPC: 0715515245814
Original Release: 1963
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:52:00
Sales rank: 8,630

Special Features

New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Alternate 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; Two audio commentaries, one from 1991, featuring director John Sturges and composer Elmer Bernstein; the other, from 2003, featuring actors James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence; New interview with critic Michael Sragow; "The Great Escape": Heroes Under Ground, a four-part 2001 documentary about the real-life escape from the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, including interviews with POWs held there; The Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones, a 2001 program on the United States Army Air Forces pilot David Jones, the inspiration for Steve McQueen's character in the film; Return to "The Great Escape," a 1993 program featuring interviews with Coburn, Garner, and actors David McCallum and Jud Taylor; Trailer; English SDH subtitles

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
John Sturges Director,Producer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
Fernando Carrere Art Director
James Clavell Screenwriter
Bud Ekins Stunts
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Bert Henrikson Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Jack N. Reddish Asst. Director
Ferris Webster Editor
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