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The Great Escape

Original title
The Great Escape
Running time
168 min.
United States United States
James Clavell, W.R. Burnett (Book: Paul Brickhill)
Elmer Bernstein
Daniel L. Fapp
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The Mirisch Corporation. Distributed by United Artists
Drama. Adventure | II World War. Prison Drama. Nazism
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Paul Brickhill Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
The German high command has filtered out all of the allies' most talented escape artists and placed them in a POW camp specifically designed to foil any unwanted departures. But as soon as they arrive, the prisoners begin to work on a series of tunnels under the direction of Roger "Big X" Bartlett (Richard Attenborough). He assigns the POWs to jobs according to their specialties. For more than a year, countless prisoners, most of whom won't be leaving, work toward an escape that will temporarily disrupt the operations of the German army.
1963: Nominated for Oscar: Best Editing
1963: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama
1963: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
1963: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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