Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
“The Great Escape” is a 1963 American epic war film directed by John Sturges and starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn. The film is based on the true story of a group of Allied prisoners of war who plan and execute a daring escape from a German POW camp during World War II.
The film takes place in 1943 and focuses on a group of Allied prisoners of war who are held at Stalag Luft III, a German POW camp designed specifically for captured airmen. The prisoners, led by Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett (played by Richard Attenborough), plan an elaborate escape plan that involves digging a tunnel under the camp and constructing false identity papers to help the escapees blend in with the local population once they are outside the camp.
The film features many memorable scenes, including Steve McQueen’s famous motorcycle chase as he attempts to evade German soldiers, and the climactic scene in which most of the escapees are recaptured or killed by the Germans.
“The Great Escape” was a critical and commercial success, earning over $11 million at the box office and receiving positive reviews from critics. The film has since become a classic of the war film genre, and its themes of courage, camaraderie, and determination in the face of adversity continue to resonate with audiences today.