The Great Escape (1963)
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Absolutely fantastic movie, very entertaining! And boy what a great cast.
A compelling tale of real-life events that unfold with a sense of urgency not often duplicated in today's cinema. The only criticism I can fire at it is that, on just one viewing, it can be difficult to learn who all the characters are.
In what is one of the most entertaining casts in cinema history, the great Richard Attenborough shines above the rest. The man can do more with his right eye than McQueen can do with his entire face + arms, and yet it's the latter star whose presence we associate with this film. A mistake in my opinion. Steve McQueen was a mediocre actor at best, nothing more than a cool presence who was genetically fortunate enough to have wrinkled well with age. He also happens to be a narcissistic douchebag, and it seems the production suffered as a result of his involvement (read the IMDB trivia section for The Great Escape if you want to know what I mean.)
My simple review is that this is a spectacularly enjoyable film, but I guess everybody already knows that.
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This movie ranks #13 in History
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