Before The Shawshank Redemption gave us a life affirming story about a prison break, a classic film, The Great Escape filled this void nicely.
In case you need reminding, The Great Escape is an epic from Director John Sturges about a group of POW’s who plan a prison break during World War II.
The captive star studded cast includes Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn and Richard Attenborough… just to name a few.
It is no surprise that this movie is legendary enough to have a documentary made about revisiting these iconic locations from the film along with first person accounts from cast and crew. This Documentary is aptly called The Coolest Guy Movie Ever.
When this opportunity came across my desk, It dawned on me that it has been ages since I had seen The Great Escape. I chose to go the extra mile with this review by re-watching The Great Escape so I could get the full effect of the documentary.
With visions of the movie crystal clear in my mind, even watching this documentary and seeing people stomp around the barren field where the prison camp once was made an impact.
With a keen eye for detail, these documentarians wheeled all over Germany, from Munich to Bavaria, and they would even hold up photos stills from the movie to compare it with the location as it exists half a century later.
Of course they also show many memorable shots from The Great Escape to support the narrative and compare with the real settings. You know the ones, Steve McQueen riding a motorcycle across a lush green field after escaping and disguising himself as a German soldier, or the sweeping master shots when we first see the POW camp.