Great Escape, The

Lists: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Historical, War, Great escape

Brief Synopsis: "The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates 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."

Overall Ranking: 41 (Rank from 1963: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 87.5%
Regular 12.5%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Josh of Classicblanca100
Patrick Devitt100
David Baruffi97(full review)
Adam Shaftoe95
CinemaVisitor Erik90
Bryan Lienesch87 - Just a terrific movie. The whole cast really is incredible.
Rich Alejandro85 - Probably a Sarge recommended war movie. Also shows what people will plot to throw off the enemy. And a fun fact, TDH is a code that's regularly used still.
Rob from GuysFilmQuest83 - A bit long and the ending could have been much better and still in keeping with the true events.

People Involved

  • Steve McQueen (Captain Hilts)
  • James Garner (Flight Lt. Hendley)
  • Richard Attenborough (Roger Bartlett)
  • James Donald (Group Capt. Ramsey "The SBO")
  • Charles Bronson (Flight Lt. Danny Velinski)
  • Donald Pleasence (Flight Lt. Colin Blythe "The Forger")
  • James Coburn (Flying Officer Louis Sedgwick "The Manufacturer")
  • Hannes Messemer (Kommandant von Luger)
  • David McCallum (Lt. Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt "Dispersal")
  • Gordon Jackson (Flight Lt. Sandy MacDonald "Intelligence")
  • John Leyton (Flight Lt. William Dickes "The Tunneler")
  • Angus Lennie (Flying Officer Archibald Ives "The Mole")
  • Nigel Stock (Flight Lt. Denys Cavendish "The Surveyor")
  • Robert Graf (Werner The Ferret)
  • Jud Taylor (Goff)
  • Hans Reiser (Herr Kuhn)
  • Harry Riebauer (Stratwitch)
  • William Russell (Sorren)
  • Robert Freitag (Capt. Posen)
  • Ulrich Beiger (Preissen)
  • George Mikell (Lt. Dietrich)
  • Lawrence Montaigne (Haynes (Diversions))
  • Robert Desmond (Griffith Tailor)
  • Til Kiwe (Frick)
  • Heinz Weiss (Kramer)
  • Tom Adams (Dai Nimmo (Diversions))
  • Karl-Otto Alberty (S.S. Officer Steinach)
  • John Sturges (Director)