The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

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  1. W.R. Burnett


  2. Paul Brickhill


  3. James Clavell


  4. John Sturges


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  1. Steve McQueen

    Steve McQueen

    Captain Hilts

  2. James Garner

    James Garner

    Flight Lt. Hendley

  3. Richard Attenborough

    Richard Attenborough

    Roger Bartlett

  4. James Donald

    James Donald

    Group Capt. Ramsey "The SBO"

  5. Charles Bronson

    Charles Bronson

    Flight Lt. Danny Velinski

  6. Donald Pleasence

    Donald Pleasence

    Flight Lt. Colin Blythe "The Forger"

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 52m

Budget $4,000,000.00

Revenue $11,744,471.00

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Release Information

  • July 4, 1963
    NR, Theatrical



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