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Essential Cinema

The Great Escape

The Roxy Theater is proud to present Essential Cinema, a monthly series of the most iconic and important films the artform has to offer. 

One of the most exciting adventure tales ever told, this action epic recounts the planning, execution, and aftermath of a daring true-life escape from a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, in which 250 men attempted to tunnel their way to freedom. In the role that cemented his superstar status, Steve McQueen plays the motorcycle-racing daredevil who sets out to foil the Nazis, alongside an all-star cast that includes Charles Bronson, James Coburn, James Garner, and Donald Pleasence. The expert direction of John Sturges, eminently hummable Elmer Bernstein score, and rip-roaring stunts come together in what may just be the most spectacularly entertaining prison-break movie of all time, a rousing ode to the determination, camaraderie, and courage of everyday heroes.
Cast: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, James Coburn
Director: John Sturges
Duration: 173 min
Released: 1963
Genre: Drama

Essential Cinema

The Great Escape

The Great Escape