The Great Escape Movie Review Essay

987 Words Jul 30th, 2012 4 Pages
The Great Escape Movie Review
Yash Desai
*POW = Prisoner of War “The Great Escape” directed by John Sturges is a movie of high standard and excellence. This action packed adventure, released in 1963, takes place in Germany at the peak of World War II. Taking us back to 1942, The Great Escape documents the escape of 76 prisoners from a special Stalag (prison camp), designed specifically for them. By contrasting color cinematography with a classical soundtrack, the movie successfully blends the plot and art direction to fit the modern generation. The cast features an amazing line up of actors such as: James Garner as “Hendley”, Richard Attenborough as “Bartlett”, and James Donald as “Ramsey”. Although their performances were impressive,
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This overwhelming sense of teamwork and coordination is one of the greatest highlights of the film. Dictating that a little sense of hope and determination is all one needs to achieve something extraordinary. Although the film has many aspiring moments of awe and admire, the greatest strength of the film is in its screenplay. From the direction of how the plot unfolds to the superb cinematography, the screenplay proves well beyond standards. By engaging the audience into the emotions and the actions of the actors throughout the movie, the movie draws you into its plot until the end. As the prisoners make their escape out of the camp to the borders of Germany, we feel the mixed emotions and desperate actions as if it was actually us on the run. Whether it is through a plane, a train or even a bicycle, the film succeeds in gripping the audience into the suspense and adventure. In addition to the screenplay, the music score and dialogue are well produced as well. The music score is everything movie music should be – complimentary to the action and emotion without offsetting the mood or being annoying. Plus, it’s catchy! The dialogues are contemptuous, adding depth to the acting and emotions. The famous one liners of this movie cover multiple contexts of the film such as: Comedy: Sedgwick on his reason for standing by the shower “I’m watching him. I’m a

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