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The Great Escape

Detained in a German Prisoner of war camp during WW II, officers of the allied forces develop an elaborate escape plan. Based on a true story, the movie follows their efforts, with a minimal amount of violence depicted. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 172
Theater Release: 04 Jul 1963
Video Release: 07 May 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

As the men make plans for the escape, they also question the possible costs. Do you think the disruption they created for the enemy was worth the price they paid?

What elements of true friendship did you see illustrated by the characters of Hendley “The Scrounger” (James Garner) and Blythe “The Forger” (Donald Pleasence)? What personal risks would you be willing to take in order to help someone else?

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