YMMV: The Great Escape
- Awesome Music: The main musical theme.
- Backhanded Apology: When inspecting the prisoners tend to their alleged 'gardens' The pause in Colonel von Luger's "I am sorry the soil is not better suited... for you men's purpose" apology to Big X raises Eric's suspicions that von Luger may be aware that they're not using the soil for the gardens. It's likely he wasn't.
- Ear Worm: The main theme.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The license plate on the bike Hilts drives reads WH-13371. Seriously.◊
- When von Luger sends Hilts to the cooler, he refers to him as simply Hilts, who corrects him with "Captain Hilts."
- Homegrown Hero: A good portion of the leads are American, whereas in Real Life, 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.
- No Problem with Licensed Games/The Problem with Licensed Games: 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.
- The Woobie: Ives and Blythe.