The Great Escape (1963)

To Cross the Wire Is Death

Hilts (Steve McQueen) meets Luger (Hannes Messemer) for the first time after his attempt to cross the camp warning wire.

Directed by John Sturges.

Released in 1963 by MGM.

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  • character-type: Military Officer
  • character-type: Rebel
  • action: Shoot
  • editors-choice: Male Performances
  • primary-genre: Classics
  • primary-genre: Action and Adventure
  • primary-genre: Drama
  • secondary-genre: Classic War Stories
  • secondary-genre: Classics
  • secondary-genre: Classic Dramas
  • secondary-genre: Military & War Dramas
  • secondary-genre: Military Action & Adventure
  • secondary-genre: Dramas Based on Real Life
  • mood: Tuff
  • prop: Baseball
  • setting: Prison
  • theme: Defiance
  • theme: Confidence
  • theme: Control
  • theme: Power
  • actor: Hannes Messemer
  • actor: Steve McQueen
  • director: John Sturges
  • producer: James Clavell
  • producer: John Sturges
  • cinematographer: Daniel L. Fapp
  • composer: Elmer Bernstein
  • editor: Ferris Webster
  • role-name: Kommandant von Luger
  • role-name: Capt. Hilts "The Cooler King"
  • screenwriter: Paul Brickhill
  • screenwriter: James Clavell
  • screenwriter: W.R. Burnett
  • year: 1963
  • studio: MGM