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The Great Escape is based on a historical event that was considered heroic and inspirational. Therefore, it is correctly classified as a drama. Life is sometimes full of funny moments and The Great Escape certainly demonstrates that even in the direst circumstances, humanity's sense of humor is one of it's best defenses against despair. However, for the ...


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Nicholas J. Cull, professor of American Studies at the University of Leicester, specialist in film, media, and propaganda history, wrote an article “Great Escapes: ‘Englishness’ and the Prisoner of War Genre” (academic, peer-reviewed, published in Film History: An International Journal, volume 14, pp 282-295 (2002), obtained via my university library). In it ...


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I don't think it's really valid to compare Hogan's Heroes to The Great Escape. Hogan's Heroes was definitely a comedy and intentionally omitted the more gruesome aspects of being a prisoner of war. For example, even though Hogan's men blew up bridges and trains and such, they never showed a person being killed or seriously injured. Also, in Hogan's Heroes ...


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The movie is based on the book of the same name. The book is: .... an insider's account by Paul Brickhill of the 1944 mass escape from the German prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III for British and Commonwealth airmen. As a prisoner in the camp, he participated in the escape plan but was debarred from the actual escape 'along with three or four others ...



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