Funny / The Great Escape

  • Loved the bit near the begining when Danny and Sedgwick try to escape with a group of Russian prisoners. They don't make it out, but they do know a little Russian!
    Sedgwick: Danny, do you speak Russian?
    Danny: A little, but only one sentence.
    Sedgwick: Well, let me have it, mate.
    Danny: Ya vas lyublyu.
    Sedgwick: Ya ya vas...
    Danny: Lyublyu.
    Sedgwick: Lyubliu? Ya vas lyubliu. Ya vas lyublyu. What's it mean?
    Danny: I love you.
    Sedgwick: Love you!? What bloody good is that!?!
    Danny: I don't know, I wasn't going to use it myself.
    • The way they are ushered out is as funny as hell.
      Strachwitz (to Sedgwick): Out. [beat] Out!
      Danny: Nyet, nyet! Tovarisch! (No, no! Comrade!)
      Strachwitz: Oh, your friend, eh?
      Danny: Uh, tovarisch. (Comrade.)
      Strachwitz: And who vouches for you, Lieutenant Willenski? Get out, Sedgwick!
    (Goes over to Danny and wordlessly takes the tool he's carrying from him, then takes off the cap Danny took from one of the Russians and puts it back on the owner's head. Danny quietly takes off his borrowed coat, returns it, and walks out of the queue.)
    Danny: Spasiba. (Thanks.)
    • The whole thing's even funnier in hindsight because Danny and Sedgwick do successfully escape, making their half-assed attempt here that much more entertaining.
  • Besides Danny and Sedgwick above, Ives and two other prisoners try to escape by jumping onto trucks carrying cut wood and hiding themselves in the cargo. Strachwitz is having none of it however and starts randomly stabbing at the wood with a pitchfork till Ives comes out. He is then about to check the other trucks when Ives whistles and the others come out themselves. Strachwitz then addresses all the escapees including Danny and Sedgwick with this gem:
    I will not take action against you now. This is the first day, and there has been much stupidity, on both sides!
    • The funniest part is that in this whole scene, Strachwitz looks extremely bored. He has clearly seen these exact escape attempts many times already and can spot them a mile away.
  • The meeting between SBO Ramsey and the Kommandant, Von Luger. Von Luger reels off a list of the escape attempts of the prisoners getting more and more annoyed as he goes on, sounding very much like an unhappy teacher or parent complaining about their wards. Meanwhile, Ramsey quietly listens and grins to himself.
  • Hilts and Archibald Ives...The Mole.
    Hilts: What do they call a mole in Scotland?
    Ives: A mole.
  • Hilts explaining to Big X how he and Ives are going to attempt to escape by digging a tunnel out of the camp like a mole. Cut to them re-captured and brought back to the cooler after being covered head to toe in dirt. Causes Mood Whiplash when Ives breaks down alone in his cell. Originally director John Sturges was going to show the actual escape but the sight of McQueen and the other actor got such a big laugh in the projection room so Sturges decided not to bother filming it.
  • The scene where Strachwitz looks through his prisoner profiles to find the one on Ives.
    Strachwitz: Ives... Ives... Oh, yes. Archibald Ives. Scot. The photograph doesn't do justice.
    Ives: (gives the man an indignant look) I'd like to see one of you under similar circumstances.
  • Hilts' reaction when Big X and the S.B.O. tell him about their escape plan.
    "You're crazy! You oughta be locked up! You, too."
    • All three men are in a German prisoner-of-war camp. They're already "locked up."
  • Hilts has just taken some boards out of all the bunk beds and Cavendish walks in after singing.
    Cavendish: 5 golds rings, 4 calling birds, bloody singing, hi Hilts.
    Hilts: Denys, wait...
    Cavendish: 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge, alley-oop! (jumps on to the top bunk and falls through all three)
    Hilts: (sees that Cavendish has fallen through bed) ...Never mind.
    • The look on poor Cavendish's face!
  • The tasting the moonshine.
    Hendley: (tasting the moonshine, then speaks in a hoarse tone) Wow!
    Hilts: (tasting the moonshine, then speaks in a hoarse tone) Wow!
    Goff: (tasting the moonshine, is wracked with coughing and weakly says while still coughing) Wo! Wow!
    Hilts: ...WOW...
    • Note that Hilts and Hendley take cautious single-finger tastes of the trickle of moonshine. Goff gives them a contemptuous look and sticks his entire hand under the stream, resulting in the aforementioned comeuppance.
  • Loved Sedgewick and his dogged determination to keep his steamer trunk.
    Random POW: What the hell have you got in there, a piano?
    Sedgwick: Oh, that's very funny, mate.
    Random POW: Sedgewick, you won't get this thing through.
    Sedgwick: (pulling the trunk into the tunnel anyway) I'll cope!
    • And.
    Goff: Was that Sedgewick with his steamer trunk?
    Cavendish: Who else?
    Goff: I wish he was back in Australia with his kangaroos.
    • If you're a fan of British science fiction, you'll notice the Random POW happens to be Ian Chesterton.
  • Just as the digging crew manages to hide everything from the approaching guards, Danny and Sedgwick have to come up with reasons for their presence. Danny starts taking a shower. As for Sedgwick?
    Sedgwick: I'm watching him. I'm a lifeguard.
  • The 'Fourth of July' party!
    Ramsey: Up the rebels!
    Goff: Down the British!
  • The end when Hilts got placed in the cooler for the umpteenth time. While the ending was mostly bittersweet, it seems the guards are used to him so much that, one actually waits till he hears the sound of Hilts bouncing the baseball off the cooler walls, before walking away.
    • Also the start of that running gag where the soldier ushers Hilts in and shuts the door, then wordlessly reopens it and glares at Hilts because he stole the keys on the way past - all synced up to the music.
  • Near the end, when the still escaped Sedgwick was at a French cafe, members of the Resistance have to get him away from some German soldiers. It takes him a second to realize why the people who called him over to the bar were suddenly hiding under the bar, and his reaction to the aftermath taken in classic Coulburn style.