The Great Escape (1963) – Encore Review 7

“I haven’t seen Berlin yet, from the ground or from the air, and I plan on doing both before the war is over.” – Hilts

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (cable, video, DVD, 15 May 2001, 29 Oct 2013, 1 Jan 2015, 11 Jan 2018, 26 Sep 2019, 20 Apr 2020, 10 Jan 2021, 4 Jul 2021 and 27 Feb 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here, Here, Here, Here, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – During WWII, the Germans build a prison camp that is supposedly escape-proof and place allied pilots in the camp.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I know intimately.

Over the past 9 months, I’ve had a daily podcast talking about each and every minute of this film.

it is among my very favorite films and even after discussing it for over 68 hours (cumulatively), I’m not at all bored with it.

In fact, my viewing experience this time was enhanced by the fact that I knew so much more about the story, the characters and of course the real event it is based on.

The cast is great and Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough and James Garner lead an all-star cast through a 3 hour story that stays so enjoyable and engaging from start to finish.

The characters are developed quite well and that helps make things feel even more personal along the way.

The story is set up like building blocks and that helps make things stand on a much more solid ground as things move along because they constantly reference and allude to previous scenes.

The music by Elmer Bernstein is spectacular and helps keep things flowing so well.

This film is amazing to watch if it’s your first viewing pr your 100th and my 40+ guests all helped prove that since there was such a wide range of background among them all.

The fact that this podcast gave me the opportunity to interview David McCallum was amazing and it also gave me the gumption to approve Quentin Tarantino at a Film Festival who graciously declined taking part in the show.

Now that I’ve finished season 1 of the podcast, I’ll be moving on to Season 2 tomorrow, so if you’re interested, check it out at

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Richard Attenborough said many years later working with Steve McQueen on this movie was one of the toughest challenges he had ever faced, and their on-set relationship was not peaceful. McQueen was not combative, but he wouldn’t hesitate to let anyone know if things were not as he would wish them to be, or believed that they ought to be (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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