The Great Escape

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

Genres: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
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.
Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1963-06-20
Run time: 173 minute / 2:53
Budget: $4,000,000
Revenue: $11,744,471
Director: John Sturges
Writers: James Clavell, W.R. Burnett.
Production Companies : United Artists, The Mirisch Corporation
Production Country: United States of America


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

John Sturges Director

James Clavell Screenplay
Paul Brickhill Novel
W.R. Burnett Screenplay

James Clavell Producer

Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer

Daniel L. Fapp Director of Photography

Ferris Webster Editor

Fernando Carrere Art Direction

Walter Mirisch Executive Producer

Robert E. Relyea Production Office Assistant

Allen K. Wood Production Supervisor

Jack N. Reddish Assistant Director
John Franco Script Supervisor

Richard Carruth Music Editor
Wayne Fury Sound Effects Editor

Kurt Ripberger Set Decoration
Frank Agnone Property Master

Costume & Make-Up
Emile LaVigne Makeup Artist

A. Paul Pollard Special Effects

Costume & Make-Up
Bert Henrikson Wardrobe Supervisor

Don Tomlinson Assistant Editor

Victor Roma Producer

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