Saturday, February 13, 2010

Capsule Review: The Great Escape (1963)

Some films have the capacity to be nearly endlessly entertaining, and those that succeed usually have a charismatic cast and arresting story. Well The Great Escape might hold the record for the most perfectly cast film – Charles Bronson as the tunnler, Richard Attenborough as the British Squadron Leader, James Garner as the collector, Donald Pleasance as the forger, and of course Steve McQueen as “The Cooler King” Hilts. Brilliantly paced and directed by John Sturges, and based on a rather amazing true life story, The Great Escape is the epitome of an all star war film.

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