History Film / TheGreatEscape

28th Apr '16 7:58:52 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ChekhovsHobby: In the cooler, Hilts tells Ives that he did a lot of motorcycle riding while in college. After the Escape, [[spoiler:he nearly reaches Switzerland on a commandeered motorcycle.]]

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In the cooler, Hilts tells Ives that he did a lot of motorcycle riding while in college. After the Escape, [[spoiler:he nearly reaches Switzerland on a commandeered motorcycle.]]]]
** Colin's love of ornythology provides yet another method for the prisoners to conceal their activities (in Colin's case, the forgery workshop) right underneath the Nazis' noses.
27th Apr '16 12:48:29 PM TheHestinator
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* MohsScaleOfViolenceHardness: It rates a 2. People do die violently in this movie, but there's no blood (outside of minor nicks or scratches).
24th Apr '16 12:34:46 PM TrollBrutal
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Several of the characters assault German guards, a thing which real-life prisoners and escapers avoided at all costs as being tantamount to inviting execution, or at least a spell in a highly unpleasant German military prison.
** The movie also removes a large amount of help the prisoners obtained from the Allied Intelligence services, which sneaked information and some gear through the Red Cross care packages. JustifiedTrope because some of this information was classified at the moment the movie was made.

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Several of the characters assault German guards, a thing which real-life prisoners and escapers avoided at all costs as being tantamount to inviting execution, or at least a spell in a highly unpleasant German military prison.
** The movie also removes a large amount of help the prisoners obtained from the Allied Intelligence services, which sneaked information and some gear through the Red Cross care packages. JustifiedTrope because some Some of this information was classified at the moment the movie was made.
24th Apr '16 12:26:23 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Several of the characters assault German guards, a thing which real-life prisoners and escapers avoided at all costs as being tantamount to inviting execution, or at least a spell in a highly unpleasant German military prison

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Several of the characters assault German guards, a thing which real-life prisoners and escapers avoided at all costs as being tantamount to inviting execution, or at least a spell in a highly unpleasant German military prisonprison.
** The movie also removes a large amount of help the prisoners obtained from the Allied Intelligence services, which sneaked information and some gear through the Red Cross care packages. JustifiedTrope because some of this information was classified at the moment the movie was made.
24th Apr '16 7:47:36 AM LeedsKing
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* BrutalHonesty: When Hilts is discovered testing his baseball trick to cross the wire, he first tells a tale to "Ferret" Kramer and then to his superior, Strackwitz. When Von Luger arrives to question him, Hilts is annoyed by the repetition, drops the act and flat-out tells the Colonel he was planning an escape.

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* BrutalHonesty: When Hilts is discovered testing his baseball trick to cross the wire, he first tells a tale to "Ferret" Kramer and then to his superior, Strackwitz.Strachwitz. When Von Luger arrives to question him, Hilts is annoyed by the repetition, drops the act and flat-out tells the Colonel he was planning an escape.



* MookLieutenant: Strackwitz, the head guard at the camp, serves this function.

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* MookLieutenant: Strackwitz, Strachwitz, the head guard at the camp, serves this function.
1st Apr '16 11:25:00 AM Bronnt
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** This also describes Captain Hilts (Steve McQueen). He acts rather dim-witted, and Von Luger is surprised to learn he speaks German. Ives assumed he was an athlete of some kind, until he explained he was studying chemical engineering. Hilts keeps up his slow-witted act even as he proves himself to be one of the more clever escape artists in the camp.
16th Feb '16 11:47:25 AM Bronnt
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* {{Irony}}: Mac is caught when a German speaks to him in English and he responds. Earlier, he tricked Haynes with the same play during rehearsal, and cautioned him that it was the simplest way to fool a suspect.
6th Dec '15 2:16:35 PM Isolder74
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** Of course while Werner's information is historically accurate the logic implied is not. If you went by the logic of the propaganda, Britain should have been a member of the Axis because they were on the same side against Napoleon.
29th Nov '15 11:02:17 AM fgenzo159
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* RuleOfThree: For fun, on the 4th of July, the three Americans tasting their alcohol :
-->'''Hilts''': Wow!
-->'''Hendley''': Wow!
-->'''Goff''' [coughing] Wow!
20th Nov '15 10:05:44 AM TrollBrutal
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* AdaptationalNationality: Averted, save for a downplayed country lift. There were mostly British-Commonwealth prisoners in the camp and the movie reflects that. On the other hand the Americans were transferred to other camps just before the great escape but the movie has only three American characters, one of them fairly minor. This isn't too bad when you consider that the transfer happened while Hilts was in the cooler(meaning he might have been left behind) and might not have applied to Hendley as he was from a RAF Eagle squadron. American actors Creator/JamesCoburn and Creator/CharlesBronson (of Polish-Lithuanian ancestry) are playing an [[FakeNationality Australian and a Pole]], respectively.



* RaceLift: Averted, save for a downplayed country lift. There were mostly British-Commonwealth prisoners in the camp and the movie reflects that. On the other hand the Americans were transferred to other camps just before the great escape but the movie has only three American characters, one of them fairly minor. This isn't too bad when you consider that the transfer happened while Hilts was in the cooler(meaning he might have been left behind) and might not have applied to Hendley as he was from a RAF Eagle squadron. American actors Creator/JamesCoburn and Creator/CharlesBronson (of Polish-Lithuanian ancestry) are playing an [[FakeNationality Australian and a Pole]], respectively.
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