History Film / TheGreatEscape

19th Mar '17 3:35:59 PM alchemy3083
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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.

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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. Likewise, the real-life escapees did not disguise themselves as German soldiers nor steal German military vehicles as they did in the movie, so as not to lose POW protections and risk execution as spies. Hilts's capture after killing (?) a German soldier for his motorcycle (which he was riding when caught) would not result in him in the cooler; he'd simply be tried for murder and executed.
25th Feb '17 1:17:36 AM GrammarNavi
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* PolitenessJudo: Played more seriously - Bartlett and Macdonald are questioned while trying to pass off as Frenchmen to get on a bus to Switzerland. They almost make it, until one of the Germans wishes them "Good luck" in English... and Macdonald responds with a reflexive "Thank you". It was MacDonald who had warned Bartlett about this trick. ''This really happened to an American POW''.

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* PolitenessJudo: Played more seriously - Bartlett and Macdonald [=MacDonald=] are questioned while trying to pass off as Frenchmen to get on a bus to Switzerland. They almost make it, until one of the Germans wishes them "Good luck" in English... and Macdonald [=MacDonald=] responds with a reflexive "Thank you". It was MacDonald [=MacDonald=] who had warned Bartlett about this trick. ''This really happened to an American POW''.



** This is how Bartlett and MacDonald are captured. A Gestapo agent asks to see their identification and asks them questions in German. When he is finished, he says "good luck" to them in English, and MacDonald blunders by replying in English.
** Furthermore, this is harsh irony, because MacDonald had previously admonished one of his men for falling for the same trick when MacDonald plays it on him. Apparently he wasn't kidding about how important it is for your facade to be 100% perfect.

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** This is how Bartlett and MacDonald [=MacDonald=] are captured. A Gestapo agent asks to see their identification and asks them questions in German. When he is finished, he says "good luck" to them in English, and MacDonald [=MacDonald=] blunders by replying in English.
** Furthermore, this is harsh irony, because MacDonald [=MacDonald=] had previously admonished one of his men for falling for the same trick when MacDonald [=MacDonald=] plays it on him. Apparently he wasn't kidding about how important it is for your facade to be 100% perfect.
21st Feb '17 9:40:26 AM hullflyer
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* TooHappyToLive: Big X comments to one of his colleagues that he's never been happier than when he was at the Stalag working on escape plans. Less than a minute later, [[spoiler: he and all of the other recaptured prisoners present are murdered by the Gestapo]].

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* TooHappyToLive: Big X comments to one of his colleagues that he's never been happier than when he was at the Stalag working on escape plans. Less than a minute later, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he and all of the other recaptured prisoners present are murdered by the Gestapo]].
2nd Feb '17 4:02:44 AM CumbersomeTercel
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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, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Creator/CharlesBronson, Creator/JamesCoburn, 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, Richard Attenborough, 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.
2nd Feb '17 4:01:14 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArchEnemy: Von Luger to "Cooler King" Hilts.



* BadassBiker: Hilts. The entire bike chase was pure fiction, but it's awesome.
* TheBadGuyWins: Also the true story it was based on. A few of the escapees do manage not to get captured again but most of them are re-apprehended and the majority of the re-apprehended ones are killed. Von Luger is arrested for failing to prevent the break out, leaving the camp in control of the SS.
* BigBad: Colonel Oberst von Luger.



* CaptivityHarmonica: Hilts throwing a baseball against the cooler cell wall is a variation.



* {{Claustrophobia}}: Danny is claustrophobic. At first it seems sort of weird or funny, but then we see this [[GentleGiant big tough guy]] curled up in the fetal position in a business suit, waiting for some Nazis to pass by... [[spoiler:so that he can hop a boat to Sweden.]]



* CultSoundtrack: The music by Music/ElmerBernstein has become recognizable even to people who never saw this film.



* CurseCutShort: Hilts gets caught trying to test a blind spot near the prison fence and attempts to explain himself to a guard by saying he was retrieving his baseball. The head guard, Stratwitch, appears and the following exchange ensues.
--> Stratwitch: What are you doing over here by the wire?
--> Hilts: Well, like I told Max here, I was trying to get my god-d --
--> [German soldier calls out as the commandant enters the scene.]



* {{Dedication}}: The film is dedicated to the fifty.
* DefiantCaptive: An early scene has Bartlett tell the German POWCamp commander to his face that he ''will'' be attempting to prove the Germans wrong about the camp being escape-proof, as is his duty as a prisoner-of-war.



* DontAsk:
-->[Materials being used for escape clothes]
-->'''Bartlett''': Where in God's name did you get these?
-->'''Griffith''': Hendley.
-->'''Bartlett''': Well, where did he get them?
-->'''Griffith''': Well, I asked him that.
-->'''Bartlett''': What did he say?
-->'''Griffith''': "Don't ask."



* EagleSquadron: Hendley is still member of the TropeNamer since he was shot down before Pearl Harbor and so hasn't been transferred to the USAAF. Amusingly, as he's TheScrounger, his RAF uniform is in better condition than the actual British characters'.



* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Hilts. Actually, he'd prefer ''Captain'' Hilts, but please, just don't call him Virgil.



* EventTitle



* FastTunnelling: The film at least shows a bit of the logistics: Where do you put the dirt you dig out from the ground, how do you make sure the tunnel won't collapse, and where do you get the materials to stabilize it? Especially if you're watched by nazi soldiers.



* GargleBlaster: Hilts, Hendley and Goff celebrate the Fourth of July by [[MilitaryMoonshiner distilling some homemade booze]] and sharing it with the others. It appears to be powerful stuff.
-->'''Bartlett:''' In the three years, seven months, and two weeks that I've been in the bag, that's the most extraordinary stuff I've ever tasted. It's shattering!\\
'''[=MacDonald=]:''' (''mildly'') Well, I think it's rather good.



* JustPlaneWrong: Averted when a Bf108 is actually used to portray the Bf108 which Hendley and Colin steal from a training field.



* LetXBeTheUnknown: The resistance organisation is called the X organisation. Its leader is called Big X. Both {{justified|Trope}} and TruthInTelevision: Security, obviously, was an issue, and calling something the 'X' Organization would give no clues to its purpose. Same concept was used in naming the three tunnels Tom, Dick, and Harry.



* NewspaperThinDisguise:
** 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.
** Bartlett grabs a newspaper for cover after a [[HopeSpot harrowing escape from pursuing Germans]], only to be [[OhCrap greeted by name]] by an SS officer who's recognised the notorious British escapee.



* OhCrap: [=MacDonald=] tests a prisoner on passing off as French and then tells him off when the prisoner responds to a question posed in English ''by speaking'' English. Later on when [=MacDonald=] has escaped he talks to some SS officers in French - just when he thinks he's safe one of them says "Good luck!" in English. And he says "Thank you" ''in English''. An OhCrap expression immediately ensues, followed very shortly by his capture.



* PolitenessJudo: Played more seriously - Bartlett and Macdonald are questioned while trying to pass off as Frenchmen to get on a bus to Switzerland. They almost make it, until one of the Germans wishes them "Good luck" in English... and Macdonald responds with a reflexive "Thank you". It was MacDonald who had warned Bartlett about this trick. ''This really happened to an American POW''.



* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: The film has an all male main cast. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as it is set in a WWII POW camp, where there generally were not many women. There were talks about including a MsFanservice in the cast, but it never happened.



* SpottingTheThread:
** This is how Bartlett and MacDonald are captured. A Gestapo agent asks to see their identification and asks them questions in German. When he is finished, he says "good luck" to them in English, and MacDonald blunders by replying in English.
** Furthermore, this is harsh irony, because MacDonald had previously admonished one of his men for falling for the same trick when MacDonald plays it on him. Apparently he wasn't kidding about how important it is for your facade to be 100% perfect.



* 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. Creator/JamesGarner and Creator/DonaldPleasence 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. Creator/JamesGarner Hendely and Creator/DonaldPleasence 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.escape.
* TooHappyToLive: Big X comments to one of his colleagues that he's never been happier than when he was at the Stalag working on escape plans. Less than a minute later, [[spoiler: he and all of the other recaptured prisoners present are murdered by the Gestapo]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailer reveals that [[spoiler:a bunch of men do, in fact, escape, which happens very late in the film]].


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* VerbalBackspace:
-->'''Von Luger''': Perhaps while you are with us you will have a chance to learn some [manners]. [[PunishmentBox Ten days isolation]], Hilts.\\
'''Hilts''': ''[[InsistentTerminology Captain]]'' Hilts.\\
'''Von Luger''': ...Twenty days.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Colonel von Luger.
2nd Feb '17 2:43:28 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* {{Sequel}}: The 1988 MadeForTVMovie ''The Great Escape II: The Untold Story'', which stars Christopher Reeve and basically picks up where the original film left off. It's almost 100% fictional, though. It also features [[YouLookFamiliar Donald Pleasence again]], this time as a Nazi officer.

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* {{Sequel}}: The 1988 MadeForTVMovie ''The Great Escape II: The Untold Story'', which stars Christopher Reeve Creator/ChristopherReeve and basically picks up where the original film left off. It's almost 100% fictional, though. It also features [[YouLookFamiliar Donald Pleasence again]], this time as a Nazi officer.
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