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Basic Info Rusty's rating: 86
Notable as: ThrillerGenre: War film, Action Film, Adventure Film, Historical fiction, Thriller, DramaMain subject: aviation, World War IIRuntime: 165 - 173 minutesColor: colorLanguage: English, German, French, RussianCountry: United StatesDirector: John SturgesScreenwriter: James Clavell, W. R. Burnett, Walter NewmanBased on: The Great EscapeMusic: Elmer BernsteinCinematography: Daniel L. FappStars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Donald Pleasence, John Leyton, David McCallum Producer: John SturgesStudio: Mirisch CompanyAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Ferris Webster)Award details: (details at IMDb)
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The Great Escape is a 1963 American film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. The film is based on the book of the same name by Paul Brickhill, a non-fiction first-hand account of the mass escape from Stalag Luft III in Sagan, in the province of Lower Silesia, Nazi Germany. The characters are based on real men, and in some cases are composites of several men. The film was made by the Mirisch Company, released by United Artists, and produced and directed by John Sturges. The film had its Royal World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London's West End on 20 June 1963.


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