Justin O'Connell 1:30 p.m., Nov. 25
The Great Escape
- Rated NR | 2 hours, 52 minutes
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.