History Film / TheGreatEscape

27th Dec '17 3:19:20 PM YT45
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* BigBad: Colonel Oberst von Luger.

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* BigBad: Colonel Oberst Camp commandant ''Oberst'' (Colonel) von Luger.Luger, [[PunchClockVillain more or less]]. The Gestapo are worse but have much less screen presence.
23rd Dec '17 12:05:35 PM rigpig
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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.

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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. Again, TruthInTelevision; the actual event is described at length in the book, as are the various distillers of home-brew



* SuicideByCop: After the tunnel Tom is discovered, the shattered Ives commits suicide by attempting to scale the wire in full view of the guards, and is machine-gunned.

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* SuicideByCop: After the tunnel Tom is discovered, the shattered Ives commits suicide by attempting to scale the wire in full view of the guards, and is machine-gunned. This is a TruthInTelevision moment, as a real prisoner had done this (one of the cameos at the start of the book, unconnected with the tunnel)



* ThwartedEscape: Painfully. There are various cameos lifted out of context, which are referred to in the opening sequences of the book as having taken place elsewhere. Hendely and Colin have several of them including the train jump, and the attempted theft of the aircraft, although the real escapees didn't manage to start it and were caught on the ground. The lorry theft is another. At one point the POW leaders allow the Americans to try an easily thwarted escape just so the Germans don't get suspicious of their bigger planned escape.

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* ThwartedEscape: Painfully. There are various cameos lifted out of context, which are referred to in the opening sequences of the book as having taken place elsewhere. Hendely and Colin have several of them including the train jump, and the attempted theft of the aircraft, although the real escapees didn't manage to start it and were caught on the ground. Roger Bushell had, by his own account, crossed over the Swiss border and back into Germany, through becoming lost in the dark, during a previous escape. The lorry theft is another. At one point the POW leaders allow the Americans to try an easily thwarted escape just so the Germans don't get suspicious of their bigger planned escape.
23rd Dec '17 11:43:33 AM rigpig
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*** They may not have assaulted soldiers, but at least one of the real escapees ''did'' dress as a German officer; Paul Brickhill's account of the escape describes how a miscommunication over this disguise nearly caused a panic, with the escaping officers momentarily believing they had been caught.

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*** They may not have assaulted soldiers, but at least one of the real escapees ''did'' dress as a German officer; Paul Brickhill's account of the escape describes how a miscommunication over this disguise nearly caused a panic, with the escaping officers momentarily believing they had been caught. There are also several accounts of attempted escapes in which parties of prisoners are escorted through the gates by escapers in German uniforms produced in the camp, with varying degrees of success.
23rd Dec '17 11:40:03 AM rigpig
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** the sequence in which two escapers steal a training aircraft, but are subsequently killed flying it, is derived from an episode in a completely different escape from another camp. The real-life escapers were caught attempting to start an aircraft.



* BigBlackout: A low-key one helps the prisoners out when the Germans shut down the lights during an Allied air raid.

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* BigBlackout: A low-key one helps the prisoners out when the Germans shut down dowmn the lights during an Allied air raid.
14th Dec '17 1:12:25 AM BoukenDutch
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* BrigBallBouncing: Captain Hilts frequently ends up in The Cooler, a solitary cell, as punishment for his many escape attempts. While there, he can be seen throwing a baseball against the cooler cell wall to entertain himself. He even has a baseball glove for catching the ball. This movie provides the current page image for the trope, and, if not the TropeMaker, is certainly the TropeCodifier, as many of the other works that use the trope are doing so as a ShoutOut to this movie.
20th Nov '17 6:40:51 AM hullflyer
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* ReassignedToAntarctica: A reassignment to the bloody Eastern Front is mentioned as a potential and terrifying punishment for incompetent Luftwaffe guards. Implied to be one of the possible fates of Werner after the escape.

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: A reassignment to the bloody Eastern Front is mentioned as a potential and terrifying punishment for incompetent Luftwaffe guards. Implied to be one of the possible fates of Werner Von Luger after the escape.
20th Nov '17 6:31:34 AM hullflyer
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* ReassignedToAntarctica: A reassignment to the bloody Eastern Front is mentioned as a potential and terrifying punishment for incompetent Luftwaffe guards.

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* ReassignedToAntarctica: A reassignment to the bloody Eastern Front is mentioned as a potential and terrifying punishment for incompetent Luftwaffe guards. Implied to be one of the possible fates of Werner after the escape.
20th Nov '17 6:28:47 AM hullflyer
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** Sedgwick is shown doing this in a French cafe. Unfortunately the producers have him reading ''Liberation'', an [[VoiceOfTheResistance underground newspaper]] that would be the last thing an escaped POW trying to avoid attention would read, though it could be something he grabbed out of a trash can, unable to understand French well enough on the spot to realize what it was, and now stuck with it, unable to get rid of it inconspicuously in front of the German officers.

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** Sedgwick is shown doing this in a French cafe. Unfortunately the producers have him reading ''Liberation'', an [[VoiceOfTheResistance underground newspaper]] that would be the last thing an escaped POW trying to avoid attention would read, though it could be something he grabbed out of a trash can, unable to and he couldn't understand the written French well enough on the spot to realize what it was, and is now stuck with it, unable to get rid of it inconspicuously in front of the German officers.
20th Nov '17 6:27:32 AM hullflyer
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** Sedgwick is shown doing this in a French cafe. Unfortunately the producers have him reading ''Liberation'', an [[VoiceOfTheResistance underground newspaper]] that would be the last thing an escaped POW trying to avoid attention would read.

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** Sedgwick is shown doing this in a French cafe. Unfortunately the producers have him reading ''Liberation'', an [[VoiceOfTheResistance underground newspaper]] that would be the last thing an escaped POW trying to avoid attention would read.read, though it could be something he grabbed out of a trash can, unable to understand French well enough on the spot to realize what it was, and now stuck with it, unable to get rid of it inconspicuously in front of the German officers.
20th Nov '17 6:11:15 AM hullflyer
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** Only Sedgwick, Danny, and Willie manage to escape Nazi Germany entirely (this is another major departure from the book, because the three who actually got to England were Dutch and Norwegian). Most of the others are either killed during the escape, or executed afterward. A small number (including Hilts, Hendley and Nimmo) are recaptured and simply put back in the camp. Also, the Luftwaffe Commandant is being replaced by the Gestapo, who will probably make life more difficult for the remaining [=POWs=]. That said, everyone agrees that Roger's main motivation for the escape (to inconvenience the Nazis by waste more resources on catching POWs than ever before) and andThe [=POWs=] succeeded in causing the Germans to expend resources capturing them again, but fifty were murdered. It's openly asked: "Was it worth it?" and answered with: "That depends on your point of view."

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** Only Sedgwick, Danny, and Willie manage to escape Nazi Germany entirely (this is another major departure from the book, because the three who actually got to England were Dutch and Norwegian). Most of the others are either killed during the escape, or executed afterward. A small number (including Hilts, Hendley and Nimmo) are recaptured and simply put back in the camp. Also, the Luftwaffe Commandant is being replaced by the Gestapo, who will probably make life more difficult for the remaining [=POWs=]. That said, everyone agrees that Roger's main motivation for the escape (to inconvenience the Nazis by causing them to waste more resources on catching POWs [=POWs=] than ever before) and andThe [=POWs=] succeeded in causing the Germans to expend resources capturing them again, was a success, but fifty were murdered. It's openly asked: "Was it worth it?" and answered with: "That depends on your point of view."
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