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The Great Escape


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Classic Second World War adventure based on a true story about an allied group's daring escape from a German PoW camp, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough and Charles Bronson. Review pages 63-97.
Director John Sturges (1963, PG) *****


Director: John Sturges
Hilts, The Cooler King: Steve McQueen
Hendley, The Scrounger: James Garner
Bartlett, Big X: Richard Attenborough
Danny Velinski, Tunnel King: Charles Bronson
Blythe, The Forger: Donald Pleasence
Ramsey, The SBO: James Donald
Sedgwick, Manufacturer: James Cobum
Willie, Tunneler: John Leyton
MacDonald, Intelligence: Gordon Jackson
Ashley-Pitt, Dispersal: David McCallum
Cavendish, Surveyor: Nigel Stock
Von Luger, The Kommandant: Hannes Messemer
Werner: Robert Graf
Ives, The Mole: Angus Lennie

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