The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Directed By John Sturges
Screenplay By James Clavell, W.R. Burnett, Walter Newman
Cast Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough
Produced By John Sturges
Film Editing By Ferris Webster
Cinematography By Daniel L. Fapp, Walter Riml
Music By Elmer Bernstein

Mirisch Company


United States


English, German, French

Release Date

July 4, 1963


165 Minutes

Distributed By

United Artists

Budget $3,800,000
Gross $11,744,471
Based on The Great Escape by Paul Brickhill


In 1943, Nazi Germany has had enough of the troublesome Allies P.O.W.s who consistently attempt to escape only to recaptured at great time and expense. To prevent it from ever happening again; they have constructed the ultimate "escape proof" prison. But the Nazis failed to realize what would happen when they brought 250 of the most stubborn, incorrigible, and recalcitrant prisoners of war together.

Separately, they were the Allies' most brilliant, the most devious, and the most talented of escape artists ... together, they're the Nazi's worst nightmare as they mastermind and execute the greatest prison escape in history.


  • Steve McQueen as Capt. Virgil Hilts
  • James Garner as Flt. Lt. Robert Hendley
  • Richard Attenborough as Sqn. Ldr. Roger Bartlett
  • James Donald as Gp. Capt. Ramsey
  • Charles Bronson as Flt. Lt. Danny Velinski
  • Donald Pleasence as Flt. Lt. Colin Blythe
  • James Coburn as Fg. Off. Louis Sedgwick
  • Hannes Messemer as Col. von Luger
  • David McCallum as Lt. Cmdr. Eric Ashley-Pitt
  • Gordon Jackson as Flt. Lt. Andrew MacDonald
  • John Leyton as Flt. Lt. William Dickes
  • Angus Lennie as Fg. Off. Archibald Ives
  • Nigel Stock as Flt. Lt. Dennis Cavendish
  • Robert Graf as Werner
  • Jud Taylor as 2nd Lt. Goff
  • William Russell as Sorren
  • Harry Riebauer as Sgt. Strachwitz



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