The Great Escape

As it was just Memorial Day, here’s a classic film that’s a must-see for any movie lover.

During World War II, Allied prisoners from across Europe converge at a new maximum-security prison camp in Germany. Despite the intimidating security measures, headstrong prisoners immediately begin plotting a way out, led in part by the rebellious American, Captain Hilts (Steve McQueen).

Soon enough teams of prisoners are working tirelessly to dig a series of underground tunnels while simultaneously staging diversion tactics to mislead the German guards. But their escape plans face one daunting challenge after another, from cave-ins to rationed materials, along with the constant threat of deadly consequences if discovered.

Loosely based on a true story, The Great Escape is a suspenseful drama featuring classic stars such as James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn. The film provides an entertaining thriller, a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a sobering reminder of the tragedy of war. The film is rated PG and is family-friendly, but some minor violence and moments of intense drama may be too scary for very young viewers.

Runtime: 2 hours, 52 minutes
Rated PG
USCCB rating: A-I
94% on Rotten Tomatoes
IMDb Parents Guide
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