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The Great Escape


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starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough
Stalag Luft North was - seemingly - escape proof, the highest security camp run by the Germans during World War II. In an attempt to contain unwilling PoWs, the Nazis collected them into one camp, but unwittingly brought together the finest escape team in military history.
This spectacular and tense classic war film includes one of the strongest casts ever assembled in the 1960s.
FILMS: page 27


Screenplay: James Clavell
Screenplay: W.R. Burnett
Based on the book by: Paul Brickhill
Director: John Sturges
Hilts, 'The Cooler King': Steve McQueen
Hendley, 'The Scrounger': James Garner
Bartlett, 'The Big X': Richard Attenborough
Ramsey, Senior British Officer: James Donald
Danny Velinsky, 'The Tunneller': Charles Bronson
Blythe, 'The Forger': Donald Pleasence
Sedgwick 'Man from Down Under': James Coburn
Willie, 'The Tunnel King': John Leyton
MacDonald: Gordon Jackson
Ashley-Pitt: David McCallum
Cavendish: Nigel Stock

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