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The Great Escape

Released

Jul 04, 1963

Latest Home Video

May 07, 2013

MPAA Rating

Not Rated

Director

John Sturges

Cast

Steve McQueen
James Garner
Richard Attenborough
James Donald
Charles Bronson
Donald Pleasence

Studio

1963 MGM/UA

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Synopsis

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.

Content Details

Why Is The Great Escape Rated Not Rated?

The Great Escape is rated Not Rated

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Overall: B+

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.

Violence: C+

Armed soldiers are seen throughout the film; they are also shown threatening and shooting prisoners. Brawls and fights are engaged in frequently. Characters hiding in tree branches are almost stabbed by a pitchfork. Characters threatened by machinegun fire: depiction of a man being shot. Gestapo officers are depicted; their acts of torture are implied, but never depicted. On two occasions, a man nearly suffocates in a tunnel cave-in. Bunk bed collapses under a man’s weight. Men injured or killed when a motorbike runs into a trip wire, and in a crash. Several gunfights occur, and characters are shown being shot. Men are imprisoned in a camp, an isolation cell, and a cellar. Motorbike chase with reckless driving is depicted. Plane crashes and catches fire. Blood is shown on injured characters. Man is tangled in barbwire. On two occasions, men are executed with a machine gun.

Sexual Content: A

Bare chest of a showering man is seen.

Language: B+

At least: 12 mild profanities and 3 terms of Deity used as expletives, and the use of derogatory names for the enemy.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C

Various characters smoke throughout the film. Cigarettes are used as bribes. An extended scene portrays the making and drinking of moonshine (alcohol) with it’s associated inebriating effects..

Miscellaneous Concerns:.

Many of the characters display a rebellious attitude. Many main characters engage in acts of theft, blackmail and deception to assist their escape effort. A character’s desire for revenge is mentioned, but never elaborated upon.

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For another family friendly war classic, try The Bridge on the River Kwai. The movie Chicken Run plays homage to The Great Escape in many of its elements (especially in the coop’s design).

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated -----
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Home Video Notes: The Great Escape

Release Date:  7 May 2013

The Great Escape releases to home video in Blu-ray with the following bonus materials:

- Audio Commentary by Director John Sturges, Cast & Crew

- Original Theatrical Trailer

- Bringing Fact to Fiction

- Preparations for Freedom

- The Flight to Freedom

- A Standing Ovation

- The Untold Story

- The Untold Story – Additional Interviews

- A Real Virgil Hilts: A Man Called Jones

- Return to The Great Escape

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