The Great Escape (1963)

This perennially popular World War II POW-camp adventure is the least traumatic war film you can imagine—a precursor to TV’s Hogan’s Heroes, it’s peopled with glib movie stars doing “outwit the Nazis” shtick and exhibiting the Allies’ “we can take it” wherewithal. As you might guess, The Great Escape is not an emotionally demanding film: Steve McQueen suffers time in solitary with a mitt and baseball, James Garner manages to scrounge everything but the kitchen sink in the middle of nowhere, Charles Bronson’s “Tunnel King” digs toward the fences despite his claustrophobia, and so on.

 

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One thought on “The Great Escape (1963)”

  1. I think it’s got more weight than you give it credit for. It’s a lot closer to Bridge on the River Kwai terrirtory than Hogan’s Heroes (which itself is more like Stalag 17), and it has a memorable, stirring music score.

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