The Great Escape

Put a fence in front of these men... and they'll climb it!

The Great Escape (1963)


The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate 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.

Director: John Sturges
Writers: James Clavell, W.R. Burnett.

The Great Escape Vodly
Vodly Score: 8/10 from 1525 votes
Release Date: 1963-06-20
Status: Released
Run time: 173 min / 2:53
Budget: $4,000,000
Revenue: $11,744,471
Production Companies : United Artists, The Mirisch Company
Production Country: United States of America


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


Sound Richard Carruth Music Editor
Editing Ferris Webster Editor
Production Allen K. Wood Production Supervisor
Camera Daniel L. Fapp Director of Photography
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Art Fernando Carrere Art Direction
Crew Robert E. Relyea Production Office Assistant
Costume & Make-Up Emile LaVigne Makeup Artist
Directing John Sturges Director
Production John Sturges Producer
Production Walter Mirisch Executive Producer
Crew A. Paul Pollard Special Effects
Art Kurt Ripberger Set Decoration
Directing Jack N. Reddish Assistant Director
Writing James Clavell Screenplay
Production James Clavell Producer
Writing Paul Brickhill Novel
Writing W.R. Burnett Screenplay
Directing John Franco Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Bert Henrikson Wardrobe Supervisor
Sound Wayne Fury Sound Effects Editor
Art Frank Agnone Property Master
Editing Don Tomlinson Assistant Editor
Production Victor Roma Producer
Sound Sam Freed Jr. Musician

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