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, relocate 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 Company : The Mirisch Company
Production Country: United States of America



Steve McQueen
Hilts 'The Cooler King'
James Garner
Hendley 'The Scrounger'
Richard Attenborough
Bartlett 'Big X'
James Donald
Ramsey 'The SBO'
Charles Bronson
Danny 'Tunnel King'
Donald Pleasence
Blythe 'The Forger'
James Coburn
Sedgwick 'Manufacturer'
Hannes Messemer
Von Luger 'The Kommandant'
David McCallum
Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
Gordon Jackson
MacDonald 'Intelligence'
John Leyton
Willie 'Tunnel King'
Angus Lennie
Ives 'The Mole'
Nigel Stock
Cavendish 'The Surveyor'
Robert Graf
Werner 'The Ferret'
Jud Taylor
Hans Reiser
Herr Kuhn
Harry Riebauer
William Russell
Robert Freitag
Capt. Posen
Ulrich Beiger
George Mikell
Lt. Dietrich
Lawrence Montaigne
Haynes ('Diversions')
Robert Desmond
Griffith 'Tailor'
Til Kiwe
Heinz Weiss
Tom Adams
Dai Nimmo ('Diversions')
Karl-Otto Alberty
S.S. Officer Steinach


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

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