The Great Escape with Dan Snow

Director: John Sturges
Starring: Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Steve McQueen
Duration: 270 min

On the 75th anniversary of the real-life POW escape from the Stalag Luft III prison in German-occupied Poland, Dan Snow hosts a commemorative evening at the Eventim Apollo in London, which will be broadcast live as a pre-show across UK cinemas, followed by a screening of The Great Escape.

John Sturges’ dramatisation of the true story of a group of Allied POWs who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III in Upper Silesia in March 1944 is arguably the best Second World War adventure film ever made.

A host of big-name stars mesh beautifully in this meticulous recreation of the legendary escape. Although this is a film about courage, Sturges wisely takes a low-key approach, leavened with humour, rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics.

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