History Film / TheGreatEscape

11th Sep '17 12:52:06 PM Hedging
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31st Aug '17 12:13:21 PM TrollBrutal
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After the introductory speech by Roger, the second tunnel Dick is never mentioned again. The book reveals that the area where it was supposed to surface was built over when the camp was expanded. As a result, there was no longer any point in extending it. The partially built tunnel was used to store tools and equipment to dig the other tunnels.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: After the introductory speech by Roger, the second tunnel Dick is never only mentioned again.again once when it's sealed off. The book reveals that the area where it was supposed to surface was built over when the camp was expanded. As a result, there was no longer any point in extending it. The partially built tunnel was used to store tools and equipment to dig the other tunnels.
31st Aug '17 12:11:26 PM Boggs
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** At one point in the film, after quickly hiding the entrance to the tunnel [[spoiler: they later escape through,]] a guard specifically questions three of the POW's what they're doing there so late. (They, of course, lie) [[spoiler: Those same three prisoners, Sedgwick, Danny, and Willie, are incidentally the only three prisoners to make it into neutral territory, a 'home run,' so to speak.]]
31st Aug '17 10:19:38 AM HalcyonDayz
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** No American POWs participated in the actual "great escape" as suggested in the movie. Some American POWs helped with the digging of tunnel "Tom" but they were moved to another camp, seven months earlier before the "escape", as the Germans had suspicions something was going on.

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** No American POWs [=POWs=] participated in the actual "great escape" as suggested in the movie. Some American POWs [=POWs=] helped with the digging of tunnel "Tom" but they were moved to another camp, seven months earlier before the "escape", as the Germans had suspicions something was going on.
30th Aug '17 8:25:53 PM Boggs
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** Basically any German soldier in the picture who isn't gestapo or SS is this. They're generally shown to be professional and non-malicious.
30th Aug '17 7:43:32 PM Boggs
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** While the escapes themselves are more or less accurate, the [[spoiler: three]] POW's who manage to get away clean, [[spoiler: Danny, Willie, and Sedgewick, are Free Polish, English, and Australian, respectively. In real life, the three prisoners who escaped were two Norwegians and a Dutchman.]]
30th Aug '17 7:35:32 PM Boggs
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* RefugeInAudacity: Hilts, Goff, and Hendley, the only three Americans in a camp filled with hundreds of British POW's, host a boisterous Fourth of July celebration with some homemade moonshine. The Brits (and others) are more than happy to join in the fun.
30th Aug '17 7:30:14 PM Boggs
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* VillainHasAPoint: The gestapo accurately warn Von Luger that Bartlett is an escape mastermind. They also warn Bartlett himself that if he tries to escape again, they'll just execute him this time. [[spoiler: It doesn't justify murdering him and the other prisoners later in the film, of course, but they ''did'' warn him.]]
26th Jul '17 11:56:38 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** No American POW's participated in the actual "great escape "as suggested in the movie. Some american POW's helped with the digging of tunnel "Tom" but they were moved to another camp, seven months earlier before the "escape", as the Germans had suspicions something was going on.

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** No American POW's POWs participated in the actual "great escape "as escape" as suggested in the movie. Some american POW's American POWs helped with the digging of tunnel "Tom" but they were moved to another camp, seven months earlier before the "escape", as the Germans had suspicions something was going on.
16th Jul '17 5:49:54 PM nombretomado
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''The Great Escape'' is a classic 1963 war film, directed by John Sturges and featuring a veritable AllStarCast including Creator/SteveMcQueenActor, Creator/RichardAttenborough, James Garner, Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/JamesCoburn, Creator/DavidMcCallum and Creator/DonaldPleasence. InspiredBy the true story of a mass escape from a German WW2 prison camp, by way of Paul Brickhill's ([[AdaptationDisplacement now nearly forgotten]]) autobiographical account.

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''The Great Escape'' is a classic 1963 war film, directed by John Sturges and featuring a veritable AllStarCast including Creator/SteveMcQueenActor, Creator/RichardAttenborough, James Garner, Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/JamesCoburn, Creator/DavidMcCallum and Creator/DonaldPleasence. InspiredBy the true story of a mass escape from a German WW2 [=WW2=] prison camp, by way of Paul Brickhill's ([[AdaptationDisplacement now nearly forgotten]]) autobiographical account.



* ShownTheirWork: They went to great lengths to accurately build a German POW camp. Of course, it did help that [[ActorSharedBackground several of the actors had been prisoners of war]] during WW2:

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* ShownTheirWork: They went to great lengths to accurately build a German POW camp. Of course, it did help that [[ActorSharedBackground several of the actors had been prisoners of war]] during WW2:[=WW2=]:
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