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The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

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Directed by

John Sturges

Written by

James Clavell (Screenplay)
Paul Brickhill (Novel)
W.R. Burnett (Screenplay)

Runtime

173 minutes

Country

United States of America

Language

English

Tagline

Put a fence in front of these men... and they'll climb it!

Cast

Keywords

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Photos

Lists

#125 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#666 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#82 on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies Of All Time Empire

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Steven Jay Schneider

Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing Ferris Webster