John Sturges dramatisation of the true story of a group of British,
American and Canadian POWs who successfully escaped from Stalag Luft III
in Upper Silesia in March 1944 is arguably the best World War II
adventure film ever made. A host of big-name stars meshes beautifully in
this meticulous recreation of the legendary escape. Although this is a
film about courage, Sturges wisely takes a low-key approach, leavened
with humour, rather than allowing the cast to indulge in macho antics.