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Daniel Corleone's Movie Reviews (1781)

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The Great Escape 
The Great Escape review
3.5/4 stars

A film about how real Allied prisoners of war (POWs) try to escape a German POW camp during World War II. The prisoners work on 3 tunnels nicknamed "Tom," "Dick" and "Harry." One of the main characters, though each one plays a vital role, were Captain Virgil Hilts (Steve McQueen), Flight Lieutenant William 'Willie' Dickes (John Leyton), Lieutenant Bob Hendley (James Garner), Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett (Richard Attenborough), Flying Officer Louis Sedgwick (James Coburn), Captain Ramsey (James Donald) and Flight Lieutenant Danny Velinski (Charles Bronson).

Historical accuracy was authentic and the score was majestic and vivacious. Methods of their escape were ingenious while the men’s cooperation and camaraderie were in full display. Pace of the film was slow during the conversations but picks up towards the finale. The costumes and acting were realistic. One of the best lines: Roger – “There's only one way to put it, sir: they are the common enemies of everyone who believes in freedom.” “But if you're asking me how a far a commanding officer is allowed to go, or dare go, or should be permitted to play God, I can't answer you.” The locations were awesome to look at and casts were effective. The Great Escape is a classic of escapism, innovativeness, persistence and hope.


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