* AwardSnub: The film only received one Oscar nomination for Best Editing. It was snubbed for Picture, Director and even Score.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The main musical theme.
* EarWorm: The main theme.
* EndingFatigue: After much build-up and planning, the actual escape starts an hour and forty-five minutes into the movie and is over fifteen minutes later. Then theres another forty-five minutes left in the movie.
** {{Justified}}, in that getting out of the camp was only the first obstacle. The escapees still had to get out of enemy territory and to a neutral country for the escape to ''really'' end. And most of the escapees don't make it that far.
* HilariousInHindsight: The license plate on the bike Hilts drives reads WH-[[LeetLingo 1337]]1. [[http://www.anchoragefilmfestival.org/2008/images/greatescape.jpg Seriously.]]
** When von Luger sends Hilts to the cooler, he refers to him as simply Hilts, who corrects him with "[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Captain]] Hilts."
* HoYay:
** The close friendship between the "Tunnel Kings" [[ThoseTwoGuys Willie and Danny]] reeks of this. They're always together and quick to stand by the other - especially Willie, who is always ready to comfort the claustrophobic Danny and refuses to leave him behind in the most difficult of situations, like escaping from the camp the final time. Even the ending has them [[spoiler: rowing a boat together with pretty music playing in the background before boarding a Swedish freighter to freedom.]]
** Several of the other POW's have a rather *close* relationship with each other as well, especially MacDonald and Bartlett. Nothing brings out the slash quite like a Nazi POW camp filled with Allied prisoners, apparently.
** There is a subtle whiff of this between Yank "Scrounger" Hendley and German officer Werner who befriend each other as well as "Cooler King" Captain Hilts and the gentlemanly Kommandant von Luger.
* HomegrownHero: A good portion of the leads are American, whereas in RealLife, there weren't even any American POWs in the camp at the time of the escape. It makes the whole July 4th celebration scene a lot more cringeworthy to watch.
* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames[=/=]TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The 1987 isometric action-adventure by Ocean is a classic 8-bit era game with a complex gameplay for its day, including an "auto-pilot" feature where the player character follows the camp routine by himself. The 2003 game on the other hand is widely regarded as lacklustre and unremarkable.
* TheWoobie: Ives and Blythe.
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