Categories: POW camp movies
Running time: 172 minutes
Film based on real events that took place in 1943 - the Allied officers made a daring plan to escape from POW camp in occupied Poland.
Because of the escapes from POW camps engaged many German soldiers in the areas far from front lines the Nazis came up with plan that should ease the strain - they moved all the most troublesome of the Allied prisoners to a brand new place called Stalag Luft III near Zagan in Poland. They chose the spot for this camp and planned every little bit of Stalag Luft III so it would be impossible to escape from it - the soil was extremely sandy here, so it would be very hard to dig a tunnel, the trees were cut down around the camp, the zones near the fence were closed for the prisoners and watched by the guards. It seems that they thought about every detail, but when Sqadron Leader Roger Bartlett arrives to Stalag Luft III he has a daring plan - instead of taking care of small escapes he prepares a plan to free 250 prisoners in one go. It is a huge project that will require a lot of preparations and a lot of people involved. First of all they have to master the tunnelling in the uneasy soil, dig three separate tunnels leading beyond the wires of the camp, find a way to get rid of the soil from the tunnels, manage to prepare civilian clothing and all the papers required to travel through the Germany...
Classic war film based on the real events that took place in 1943 in Stalag Luft III, where Allied prisoners managed to prepare a daring plan of escape. The script was kept close to the real story, the characters were based on real people that took part in the event, the cast was full of the stars - all of it made The Great Escape an icon among the escape subgenre of the films.
Our rating: 7.2 / 10
Film value: 7 / 10
Realism factor: 4 / 5
Adventure factor: 3 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 4 / 5
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.