Based on a true story, this thrilling and suspenseful saga follows a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war (POW's), are all placed in an 'escape proof' camp.
Never ones to give up and accept defeat, the POWs band together under a leader, and decide to make a mass escape, that would free several hundred of them at once. Initially, they test the alertness and efficiency of the German setup, and when their initial attempts are easily rebuked, they band together and work on a comprehensive plan for a great escape.
Constantly outwitting their jailers, the POWs dig a set of tunnels that would be instrumental to their epic escape. Will they ultimately succeed in escaping the Germans and returning to their countries as free men? How many of them will manage the escape with their lives intact?
Did you know?
The film was shot entirely on location in Europe, with a complete camp resembling Stalag Luft III built near Munich, Germany. Exteriors for the escape sequences were shot in the Rhine Country and areas near the North Sea, and Steve McQueen's motorcycle scenes were filmed in Fussen (on the Austrian border) and the Alps. All interiors were filmed at the Bavaria Studio in Munich. Read More