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The Great Escape is a historical adventure drama film about Allied PoWs who plan to escape a German camp during World War II. The film takes place in a German camp that is new with high-security that houses recaptured PoWs. The commandant states, "There will be no escapes from this camp." And after several attempts by prisoners, they end up settling down into prison life. However, after Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett is placed in the same camp, he plans for a mass escape of 250 prisoners. Directed by John Sturges. Starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, and James Coburn. Based on a true story and the book "The Great Escape" by Paul Brickhill.

The Great Escape saw only slight success in theaters after its release. Nonetheless, it went on to be nominated for the Best Film Editing Oscar award. Today the movie is considered one of the best of all-time. Continue reading for some quotes from The Great Escape.


Hilts: Wait a minute. You aren't seriously suggesting that if I get through the wire... and case everything out there... and don't get picked up... to turn myself in and get thrown back in the cooler for a couple of months so you can get the information you need?
Bartlett: Yes.
Bartlett: Hilts, how do you breathe?
Hilts: Oh, we got a steel rod with hinges on it. We'll shove it up and make air holes as we go along.
Bartlett: One has to ask some very strange things in the job I have.
Bartlett: What about the goon towers?
Hilts: That's a chance you're gonna have to take. But they're gonna be watching the compound, not the woods.
MacDonald: Oh my God, they found Tom.
Sergeant-Hauptmann Strachwitz: I will not take action against you, now. This is the first day here and there has been much stupidity and carelessness... on both sides!
Sedgwick: It's all right. It's all right, mate. We're just having a friendly little argument.
Colin: Tea?
Hendley: I only drank tea once - in a hospital.
Hilts: I haven't seen Berlin yet, from the ground or from the air, and I plan on doing both before the war is over.
Hilts: How many you taking out?
Bartlett: Two hundred and fifty.
Hilts: Two hundred and fifty?
Bartlett: Yeh.
Hilts: You're crazy. You oughta be locked up. You, too. Two hundred and fifty guys just walkin' down the road, just like that?
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