The Great Escape

The Great Escape

THE GREAT ESCAPE. 1963 American epic war film starring Steve McQueen as Virgil Hilts "The Cooler King". It is based on Paul Brickhill's 1950 non-fiction book of the same name, a firsthand account of the mass escape by British Commonwealth prisoners of war from German POW camp Stalag Luft III. The film was based on actual events and while it accurately portrays much of the mechanism for the escape, some differences from the historical record include - having more Americans among those at the camp than there really were (there was actually only one and he was a British officer), more idealistic weather conditions for the prisoners (much was done in freezing temperatures) and some of the action scenes post-escape such as the thrilling motorcycle sequence. It was released by United Artists and directed by John Sturges. The film had its Royal World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London's West End on 20th June 1963. It became very popular and emerged as one of the highest-grossing films of the year taking $11.7m dollars. It won Steve McQueen the award for Best Actor at the Moscow IFF and is now considered a classic. It is also noted for its famous motorcycle chase and jump scene at the end which is widely considered to be one of the best film stunts ever performed

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The Great Escape

Reference Number. 12784A


An extraordinary collection of 15 signatures of all the main cast members of this film classic on documents / cheque / autograph book pages and postcards ; Steve McQueen d1980 (Hilts-The Cooler King) / James Garner d2014 (Hendley-The Scrounger) / Richard Attenborough d2014 (Bartlett Big X) / James Donald d1993 (Ramsey-The SBO) / Charles Bronson d2003 (Danny-Tunnel King) / Donald Pleasence d1995 (Blythe-The Forger) / James Coburn d2002 (Sedgwick-The Manufacturer) / David McCallum (Ashley Pitt-Dispersal) / Gordon Jackson d1990 (MacDonald-Intelligence) / John Leyton (Willie-Tunnel King) / Angus Lennie d2014 (Ives-The Mole) / Nigel Stock d1986 (Cavendish-The Surveyor) / Tom Adams d2014 (Dai Nimmo) / George Mikell d2020 (Lt Dietrich) and Hannes Messemer d1991 (Oberst von Luger-Kommandant)

Supplied with a large selection of photographs for customer to make up and design their own superb custom display mount

STEVE McQUEEN is an extremely rare and sought-after signature by collectors and worth close to all the other cast members put together. His autograph is on single sided Minutes of Special Meeting of Board of Directors of Astral Productions Inc document dated August 20th 1971, clearly signed at the conclusion in ink by ; William J Maher (Secretary) and Steve McQueen (Steven T McQueen)

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