All you need to do is play that iconic theme by Elmer Bernstein, and show Steve McQueen on a motorcycle outrunning and out thinking Nazis, and you have an instant classic on your hands.
Throw in an all-star cast, including Charles Bronson, Richard Attenborough, James Coburn, Donald Pleasance and James Garner, as well as a tight screenplay that keeps up the tension throughout the nearly three-hour run time, and “The Great Escape” becomes a film that I would not mind checking again in the future.
If you haven’t seen this one, check it and be amazed by the struggle to survive. If you’ve already seen “The Great Escape,” watch it again because this prison escape against Nazis is full of charm, respect and wit.
Final Grade: A