The Great Escape

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

The Great Escape (1963)


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.

Director: John Sturges
Writers: James Clavell, W.R. Burnett.

Release Date: 1963-06-20
Status: Released
Run time: 173 min / 2:53
Budget: $4,000,000
Revenue: $11,744,471
Production Companies : United Artists, The Mirisch Corporation
Production Country: United States of America



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


Production John Sturges Producer
Directing John Sturges Director
Writing James Clavell Screenplay
Writing Paul Brickhill Novel
Writing W.R. Burnett Screenplay
Production James Clavell Producer
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Camera Daniel L. Fapp Director of Photography
Editing Ferris Webster Editor
Art Fernando Carrere Art Direction
Production Walter Mirisch Executive Producer
Crew Robert E. Relyea Production Office Assistant
Production Allen K. Wood Production Supervisor
Directing Jack N. Reddish Assistant Director
Directing John Franco Script Supervisor
Sound Richard Carruth Music Editor
Sound Wayne Fury Sound Effects Editor
Art Kurt Ripberger Set Decoration
Art Frank Agnone Property Master
Costume & Make-Up Emile LaVigne Makeup Artist
Crew A. Paul Pollard Special Effects
Costume & Make-Up Bert Henrikson Wardrobe Supervisor
Editing Don Tomlinson Assistant Editor
Production Victor Roma Producer

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