Sun 24 March 6:00pm
Director: John Sturges
Cast: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Gardner
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.