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His experience allowed him to offer sound advice to the X-Organisation. He was shot down and spent a year in German prisoner-of-war camp Stalag Luft I. Like his character, Danny Valinski, he suffered from claustrophobia because of his childhood work in a mine. James Garner had been a soldier in the Korean War and was twice wounded. He was a scrounger during that time, as is his character Flt Lt Hendley. The film is accurate in showing that only three escapees made home runs, although the people who made them differed from those in the film.
Kiwe had been a German paratrooper officer who was captured and held prisoner at a POW camp in Colorado. He made several escape attempts, dyeing his uniform and carrying forged papers. He was captured in the St. Louis train station during one escape attempt. He won the Knight's Cross before his capture and was the cast member who had actually performed many of the exploits shown in the film. The film was made on location in Germany at the Bavaria Film Studio in the Munich suburb of Geiselgasteig in rural Bavariawhere sets for the barrack interiors and tunnels were constructed.
The camp was built in a clearing of the Perlacher Forst Perlacher Forest near the studio. The nearby district of Pfronten with its distinctive St. Nikolaus Church and scenic background, also appears often in the film.
That was Bud Ekins. The restored machine is currently on display at Triumph 's factory at HinckleyEngland. The film's iconic music was composed by Elmer Bernsteinwho gave each major character their own musical motif based on the Great Escape's main theme.
The film was largely fictional, with changes made to increase its drama and appeal to an American audience, and to serve as vehicle for its box-office stars. Many details of the actual escape attempt were changed for the film, including the roles of American personnel in both the planning and the escape. While the characters are fictitious, they are based on real The Great Escape - Holly Would Surrender - The Great Escape (CD, in most cases being composites of several people.
The screenwriters significantly increased the involvement of American POWs; a few American officers in the camp initially helped dig the tunnels and worked on the early plans.
However, they were moved away seven months before the escape, which ended their involvement. The film omits the crucial role that Canadians played in building the tunnels and in the escape itself. Of the 1, or so POWs, were involved in preparations: of those were Canadian. Wally Floodyan RCAF pilot and former miner who was the real-life "tunnel king", was engaged as a technical advisor for the film. When Ramsey first meets Von Luger, Luger warns him that although the newly arriving prisoners are well-known for wreaking havoc throughout the Reich with their constant camp breakouts, they will have no success at the new camp.
Undaunted, Ramsey tells Von Luger that it is the sworn duty of every officer to attempt escape. In reality, there was no requirement in the King's Regulations, or in any form of international convention. The film shows the tunnel codenamed Tom with its entrance under a stove and Harry's in a drain sump in a washroom.
In reality, Dick's entrance was the drain sump, Harry's was under the stove, and Tom's was in a darkened corner next to a stove chimney. Ex-POWs asked film-makers to exclude details about the help they received from their home countries, such as maps, papers, and tools hidden in gift packages, lest it jeopardise future POW escapes. The film-makers complied.
The film omits to mention that many Germans willingly helped in the escape itself. The film suggests that the forgers were able The Great Escape - Holly Would Surrender - The Great Escape (CD make near-exact replicas of just about any pass that was used in Nazi Germany.
In reality, the forgers received a great deal of assistance from Germans who lived many hundreds of miles away on the other side of the country. Several German guards, who were openly anti-Nazi, also willingly gave the prisoners items and assistance of any kind to aid their escape. The need for such accuracy produced much eyestrain, but unlike in the film, there were no cases of blindness.
Some, such as Frank Knight, gave up forging because of the strain, but he certainly did not suffer the same ocular fate as the The Great Escape - Holly Would Surrender - The Great Escape (CD of Colin Blythe in the film. He identifies his problem as "progressive myopia ", suggesting that he has not only heard of the condition but has also been diagnosed. The film depicts the escape taking place in ideal weather conditions, whereas at the time much was done in freezing temperatures, and snow lay thick on the ground.
He did the stunt riding himself except for the final jump, done by Bud Ekins. In the film, Hilts incapacitates, or otherwise kills, a German soldier for his motorcycle, The Great Escape - Holly Would Surrender - The Great Escape (CD kills Kuhn, a Gestapo officer, when he recognizes Bartlett waiting to pass through a Gestapo checkpoint at a railway station and Hendley knocks out a German guard at the airfield. No German personnel were killed or injured by the escapers.
The movie shows three truckloads of recaptured POWs splitting off in three directions. One truck contains 20 of the prisoners who are invited to The Great Escape - Holly Would Surrender - The Great Escape (CD their legs in a field, whereupon they are all machine gunned in a single massacre, with the implication that the other two have the same manner; in reality, the POWs were shot individually or in pairs.
According to the veterans, many details of the first half depicting life in the camp were authentic, e. The film has kept the memory of the 50 executed airmen alive for decades and has made their story known worldwide, if in a distorted form. However, Walters points out that an historical account says that one of the two men said "yes" in English in response The Great Escape - Holly Would Surrender - The Great Escape (CD a Kripo man's questions without any mention of "good luck" and notes that as Scheidhauser was French, and Bushell's first language was English, it seems likely that if a slip did take place, it was made by Bushell himself, and says the "good luck" scene should be regarded as fiction, and furthermore, a slur upon the Frenchman.
In the years since its release, its audience has broadened, cementing its status as a cinema classic. It's a strictly mechanical adventure with make-believe men. With accurate casting, a swift screenplay, and authentic German settings, Producer-Director John Sturges has created classic cinema of action. There is no sermonizing, no soul probing, no sex. The Great Escape is simply great escapism". In a poll in the United Kingdom, regarding the family film that television viewers would most want to see on Christmas Day, The Great Escape came in third, and was first among the choices of male viewers.
Often based on true stories of escape, they have the viewer marvelling at the ingenuity and seemingly unbreakable spirit of imprisoned soldiers. On 24 Marchthe 70th anniversary of the escape, the RAF staged a commemoration of the escape attempt, with 50 serving personnel each carrying a photograph of one of the shot men.
On 24 Marchthe RAF held another event for the 75th anniversary of the escape. The film was simulcast with other cinemas throughout the UK. Goff in the film. It depicts the search for the culprits responsible for the murder of the 50 Allied officers. Premature Plans Elmer Bernstein.
Cooler And Mole Elmer Bernstein. Blythe Elmer Bernstein. Discovery Elmer Bernstein. Various Troubles Elmer Bernstein. On The Road Elmer Bernstein. Betrayal Elmer Bernstein. Hendley's Risk Elmer Bernstein. Road's End Elmer Bernstein. More Action Elmer Bernstein. The Chase Elmer Bernstein.
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