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2nd May '16 3:23:24 AM aksnitd
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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.
2nd May '16 3:13:49 AM aksnitd
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** Blythe and Hendley are in a jolly mood as their planes fly over the alps, being so close to escaping. Not a minute later, their plane's engine [[ComingInHot begins sputtering...]]

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** Blythe and Hendley are in a jolly mood as their planes fly plane flies over the alps, Alps, being so close to escaping. Not a minute later, their plane's engine [[ComingInHot begins sputtering...]]
2nd May '16 3:12:17 AM aksnitd
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* LastNameBasis:
** Everyone except Roger, Colin, Danny and Willy.

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LastNameBasis: Everyone except Roger, Colin, Danny and Willy.
2nd May '16 3:11:18 AM aksnitd
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* IHaveMyWays: When asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper the scrounge Robert Hendley response was don't ask. It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed to be his usual answer for almost everything.

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* IHaveMyWays: When asked where he got his hands on a copy of almost every Nazi identity paper the scrounge Robert scrounger Hendley response was is that it's on loan. When asked about numerous fabrics he acquired for the tailors, his response is don't ask. It was also the same answer when asked about a can of expensive butter from the guard's kitchen. Actually that seemed seems to be his usual answer for almost everything.



* MinorMajorCharacter: Group Captain Ramsey is the British senior officer but his involvement in the escape is very limited. He never intends to escape -- he walks with a cane, but it's hinted that his code of duty precludes him from abandoning his post anyway -- and mostly serves as Bartlett's {{foil}} stating some unpleasant truths, and to receive exposition from the Germans.

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* MinorMajorCharacter: Group Captain Ramsey is the senior British senior officer but his involvement in the escape is very limited. He never intends to escape -- he as he's too old and walks with a cane, but it's hinted that his code of duty precludes him from abandoning his post anyway -- and cane. He mostly serves as Bartlett's {{foil}} stating some unpleasant truths, and to receive receives exposition from the Germans.
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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* ChekhovsHobby: ChekhovsHobby:
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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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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: ArtisticLicenseHistory:
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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.
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