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The Great Escape (1963)

Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $11,744,471Details
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Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 4,501-4,600) 4,578 $11,744,471
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 5,801-5,900) 5,891 $11,744,471

See the Box Office tab (Domestic) and International tab (International and Worldwide) for more Cumulative Box Office Records.

Movie Details

Production Budget:$4,000,000
Domestic Releases: August 8th, 1963 (Wide) by MGM
Video Release: May 7th, 2013 by Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 172 minutes
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Keywords: World War II, War, Escape, Inspired by a True Story, Intertitle, Prison Break, Nazis, Ensemble, War Crimes
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Historical Fiction

Leading Cast

   Captain Virgil Hilts
   Flight Lt. Bob Anthony 'The Scrounger' Hendley
   Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett 'Big X'

Supporting Cast

Donald Pleasance    Flight Lieutenant Colin Blythe
James Coburn    Flying Officer Louis Sedgwick
Charles Bronson    Flight Lieutenant Danny Willinski
David McCallum    Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'

For a description of the different acting role types we use to categorize acting perfomances, see our Glossary.

Production and Technical Credits


DVD and Blu-ray Releases for May 28th, 2013

May 28th, 2013

It's the day after Memorial Day, which means we are in the summer season, which is a terrible time for the home market. The only first-run release of the week is Dark Skies, which is hardly a major release. There are a few summer TV shows that are coming out on DVD and / or Blu-ray, some of which are interesting. The latest season of Doctor Who is coming out this week, but it is being split, and not just into two parts, so that precludes it from being a Pick of the Week contender. There are not a lot of options for Pick of the Week, but I'm going with Beetlejuice: The Complete Series, but keep in mind there could be some nostalgia at work here and Lore on DVD or Blu-ray is arguably the better release. Meanwhile, Hellbound? on DVD earns the rarely awarded Puck of the Week for best Canadian release. More...

Featured Blu-ray Review: The Great Escape

May 28th, 2013

The Great Escape is one of the greatest movies ever made. It recently made its Blu-ray debut on a 50th anniversary disc. However, early reviews were not great. The movie still stands the test of time, but many Blu-ray critics complained about the video quality. Were they being overly snobbish? Or is the video quality really that bad? More...

Weekly US Blu-ray Sales

DateRankUnits this Week% ChangeTotal UnitsSpending this WeekTotal SpendingWeeks in Release
5/12/20131913,433 13,433$148,564$148,5641

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