The Great Escape (1963)

1963 The Great Escape Movie Film Cinema Poster ArtThis legendary WWII drama about an attempted escape from a German POW camp is Hollywood entertainment at its best. Epic, tense and exciting, and also at times funny, this classic always delivers.

Directed by John Sturges, this film boasts an all-star cast which includes Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence and James Garner.

A perennial Christmas TV favorite, The Great Escape is a joy to watch for the first time and on subsequent revisits.


You can find more information on this U.S. movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.

As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:


Title: The Great Escape

Language: English

Direction: John Sturges

ScreenplayJames Clavell, W. R. Burnett, Walter Newman

Cinematography: Daniel L. Fapp

Editing: Ferris Webster

Score: Elmer Bernstein

Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn


Full Acting Cast and Roles


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Hi there! I hope you like some of Wonderful Cinema's recommendations. Please leave us a comment and recommend a film or two for us to watch. Thanks and all the best, Shimky.


  1. The book by Paul Brickill is well worth reading. He was one of the prisoners at the camp and was involved in the construction of the tunnels. The theme tune is one of the most inspiring and if you can’t whistle, then the theme tune is a good place to start.

  2. Classic. Also agree, read the book if you can.

  3. Thanks for the follow Shimky. Is that a ‘Harvey’ reference, or a bit more ‘Donnie Darko’? Nice blog, and I will be interested to see if our reviews are similar, or we have a ‘clash’ of opinion! Regards, Pete, Norfolk.

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