The Great Escape | Chicago Reader

The Great Escape

Way too flabby at 168 minutes, but once this 1963 feature gets going it's good, solid stuff, directed with an unusual lack of rhetoric by John Sturges (Bad Day at Black Rock). Steve McQueen cemented his myth as the POW who makes his break on a motorcycle, while James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and Donald Pleasence fill out the slow spots with sharp character work.



  • John Sturges


  • Steve McQueen
  • James Garner
  • Richard Attenborough
  • Charles Bronson
  • James Donald
  • Donald Pleasence
  • James Coburn
  • David McCallum
  • Gordon Jackson
  • John Leyton
  • Angus Lennie
  • Nigel Stock
  • Jud Taylor
  • William Russell
  • Robert Desmond
  • Tom Adams
  • Lawrence Montaigne
  • Hannes Messemer
  • Robert Graf
  • Robert Freitag
  • Karl Otto Alberty


  • Paul Brickhill
  • James Clavell
  • W.R. Burnett


  • John Sturges
  • James Clavell

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