United Artists | Release Date: July 4, 1963 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Universal acclaim based on 16 Critic Reviews
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Chicago TribuneStaff (Not Credited)
Rousing, stirring, with a great cast: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn. McQueen's performance as "Cooler King" Hilts is undoubtedly his most archetypal. [10 May 2013, p.C6]
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One of the most entertaining escape movies ever made, a rousing 1963 big-scale production directed by John Sturges and written by James Clavell. [12 May 1991, p.4]
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The Observer (UK)Philip French
It shows how a cast of veteran actors (Richard Attenborough, Steve McQueen, James Garner et al), most with some military experience, can breathe life into conventional characters, and how excitement can be generated without endless explosions and special effects. [19 May 2002, p.9]
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The Great Escape is great entertainment. [06 Jun 2004]