Steve Daly
November 15, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Great Escape

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
172 minutes
performer
Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Garner, Donald Pleasence
director
John Sturges
distributor
Criterion
author
James Clavell
genre
ActionAdventure, War

We gave it a B+

It’s a well-made thriller about allied POWs tunneling out of a Nazi concentration camp, but The Great Escape doesn’t merit the reverential treatment it gets in this supplement-laden disc. Tedious production details — what town it was, what time it was, which flunky got cast as an extra that day — are annotated in numbing detail in a three-hour alternate-audio-track commentary. Typical insight from journeyman director John Sturges: ”It seemed like a good idea, so we did it.” By the time you wade through appended still- frame galleries of location photos, script excerpts of cut scenes, and an account of the real Stalag Luft III breakout, you feel like a permanent captive. The whole impeccably researched project goes way past film scholarship into the realm of trivial pursuit. The Great Escape: B+ Supplements: B-

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