by HELEN GEIB
This month on Photo Play: four wars, four POW escapes
Last Week: Grand Illusion (1937)
Coming Next: Chicken Run (2000)
This film defines the POW story for most of us, I suspect. And it must be the most successful of the big cast/big story World War II movies as well.
What about The Longest Day? HUGE cast and I’m guessing that it was also quite successful. :O)
But you’re right about this film. Although I have only watched it once before and that was many years ago… I must revisit it!
THE LONGEST DAY is an excellent history lesson and an award-winner but it hasn’t entered the popular consciousness like THE GREAT ESCAPE. More docudrama than drama and no iconic performances like Steve McQueen’s.
This is one of those movies I can always watch again. Incredibly entertaining without pulling any punches. I still remember how shocked I was by the ending the first time- Hollywood movies just don’t do that, historical fact or not! Now it still packs a wallop even though I know it’s coming.
This is still my favorite prison escape movie.
“There’s madness in their method.”
And to quote another film that borrows heavily from The Great Escape: “I told you them chicken was organized!” :O)
@Nir–“Birds of a feather flop together.” :)
The theme is “four wars, four escapes” yet there are five Mondays in July. In other words, funny you should mention chickens….
Could it be? Two Mel Gibson film mentions in one month?
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