History Film / TheGreatEscape

11th Jul '16 7:27:48 PM Bissek
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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.

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* {{Irony}}: {{Irony}}:
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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.
** The chase scene with Hilts starts off when he gets challenged to produce certain papers. Hendley had stolen an example of the paper in question when he lifted Werner's wallet earlier in the movie, so if there had been more time before the tunnel breakout or if Hilts had let someone know about his post-tunnel plans before his last stint in the cooler, Blythe could have made him a set.
3rd Jun '16 5:04:14 AM Bissek
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* ChromosomeCasting: It ''is'' a World War II [=POW=] movie, after all, so the cast is all male.

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* ChromosomeCasting: It ''is'' a World War II [=POW=] movie, after all, so the cast is all male.male apart from a handful of background characters in post-escape scenes.
3rd Jun '16 5:03:01 AM Bissek
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* BloodlessViolence: None of the people who get shot on screen visibly bleed.

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* BloodlessViolence: BloodlessCarnage: None of the people who get shot on screen visibly bleed.
3rd Jun '16 5:00:10 AM Bissek
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* BloodlessViolence: None of the people who get shot on screen visibly bleed.



* CacophonyCoverUp: The prisoners loudly sing Christmas carols to mask the sounds from a workshop. Also when the tunnel is started and it is necessary to break a thick piece of slate, some of the prisoners pound some stakes into the ground with mallets for their vegetable gardens (which are part of the distractions as well).

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* CacophonyCoverUp: The prisoners loudly sing Christmas carols to mask the sounds from a workshop.workshop (it doesn't look like it's anywhere near Christmastime, but the songs were likely chosen because virtually everyone in the camp would know the words). Also when the tunnel is started and it is necessary to break a thick piece of slate, some of the prisoners pound some stakes into the ground with mallets for their vegetable gardens (which are part of the distractions as well).



** 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.

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** Colin's love of ornythology ornithology provides yet another method for the prisoners to conceal their activities (in Colin's case, the forgery workshop) right underneath the Nazis' noses.
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:
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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).
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