The Great Escape 3.0 stars

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POW tale with a very roomy and airy feel to it, on the wide screen and in travelogue color, and staged with a sweeping eye for geometry. (A startling contrast, for example, to Bresson's claustrophobic A Man Escaped.) It builds up considerable rooting interest in its large congregation of heroes, portrayed by such smoothies as Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Coburn, Charles Bronson, Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasence, and James Donald. The director, John Sturges, is a smoothie in his own right. 1963.

Duncan Shepherd

  • Rated NR | 2 hours, 52 minutes

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Matthew May 22, 2008 @ 10:52 p.m.

This movie deserves well more than 3 stars, given the context it was originally filmed in. Anytime this movie is playing, I can't turn away - gripping plot, suspense, well timed action. Movies like Iron-Man pale in comparison, despite the volumes of backstory and possibility - simply due to directorial decisions, editing, and ADD infested youth culture.

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