"The Great Escape" (1963): Nazis and POWs play "catch and release"

We'll go to the 7:00 PM show. If you'd like to eat before the movie, we'll meet at Cafe la Tartine (click for info), across from the theater, starting at 5:45 PM. Note "dinner" in your RSVP, so we can get a head count. Order and pay at the counter. Non-diners, we'll see you in the theater starting around 6:40 PM.


The Great Escape (1963) Starts: 7:00 PM, Ends: ~9:50 PM (probably slightly after 10PM with an Intermission)

Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner, James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, Donald Pleasance, Charles Bronson, David McCallum
Director: John Sturges
Plot: The true story of the largest, single, Allied POW escape attempt from a WWII Nazi prison camp came to the big screen as a rousing, all-star production that manages to be both true to the facts of the escape, and grand entertainment. It almost makes being a Nazi POW look like fun!! Features a stellar cast, a thrilling adventure, and a classic, Elmer Bernstein march that you won't be able to get out of your head for months! The inspiration for Nick Park and Peter Lord's Chicken Run

This is a new, restored 4K, digital print.

Presented on one night only, this is a limited showing.

If you want to chat after the show, gather at the tables by the windows, across from the snack bar, after the movie.

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  • Russ

    Yes, sadly the image quality was pretty variable, but (presumably) some of the film elements must have deteriorated to the point that they're beyond digital restoration (we're now talking reconstruction). Still, this remains one of the very best, all-star WWII adventures. An amazing story, very well told.

    November 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Remarkable story and film. Wish this had been a restored version, but it was immensely enjoyable anyway!

    November 8, 2012

  • Russ

    Also in the Nova episode: Only three POWs actually made it to freedom. When the camp commandant learned about the massacre of "the fifty," he allowed the remaining POWs to construct a memorial to their fallen comrades, and had it placed outside the camp's main gate, in their memory.

    October 22, 2012

  • Russ

    In 2004, Nova, on PBS, did a program documenting an archeological dig, in search of the tunnels. They found one of the tunnels, but because of the unstable, sandy soil, the dig had to be called off, as it was too dangerous to continue -- makes the real tunnels' 30-foot depth all the more amazing! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/greatescape/

    October 22, 2012

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