48 – The Great Escape

Welcome to The Best Movies I’ve Never Seen! This is the part of the blog where I work my way through 100 films I’ve never seen that are generally considered to be great. You’re invited to watch along with me if you can find a copy or find it streaming. So grab some popcorn and let’s get started!

The Great Escape


Directed by John Sturges

Quick synopsis… Based on a true story, this tension-filled epic adventure centers on an audacious plan by Allied officers who’ve escaped their Nazi captors time and again to stage a massive breakout, this time from an ostensibly escape-proof German prison camp.

And we’re back…

Hard to believe it’s been a month since I’ve hit up this movie list. Now, here we are, one A to Z Challenge later, and we’re back to the regularly scheduled blog posts.

This is one of those movies that I’m actually surprised that I never watched growing up. It’s also a movie that’s hard to find on streaming for some reason. Had to go the library route to find this one. And the DVD was actually messed up, so I missed a good chunk of the middle of the film. So that was disappointing.

But overall I loved this movie. I hope I get a chance to see it again someday without relying on a scratched up DVD copy from the local library.

The score was very familiar because it’s a famous score that has been used over and over again throughout the last 59 years. I found myself humming and/or whistling along whenever it was being played during the movie.

And I’m not sure why, but it wasn’t quite what I expected. In my mind, I thought the entire movie took place inside the Nazi POW camp with the Allied prisoners planning and working toward their eventual escape from the camp. I figured the movie would be over once the escape happened. Man was I wrong.

It was both great and heart-wrenching to see what each of the escapees went through in their struggles to find freedom. And if you’re looking for a happy ending, this might not be the movie for you. Though I will still highly recommend it.

The film is incredibly entertaining and the characters are well-acted by the likes of Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough. I already want to watch it again, knowing that I missed a piece of the movie because of a crappy DVD copy.

Having now seen The Great Escape, it currently ranks at number 435 out of 2,291 movies on my personal Flickchart.

Have you seen The Great Escape? What did you think of the movie? Think it’s worth me trying to find a complete copy so I can see the whole thing all over again? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!


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