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The best POW film ever made!,
This review is from: The Great Escape [VHS] (VHS Tape)
There has been many POW films made, especially by the British, but this American/West German (?) production is the most memorable. The story simmers on a slow fuse, but John Sturges' direction keeps the pace steady and the action taut. At just under three hours, there is neither a scene wasted nor a lagging moment. The script creates real people in the POW camp, not cardboard stereotypes, and they are all fleshed out by excellent performances, especially from Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Donald Pleasence, and an unrecognisable Charles Bronson. Only the usually excellent James Coburn fails to convince as an Australian. If you like war films, then you will love this. If you love well crafted, well acted movies, then this is also for you.