THE GREAT ESCAPE
1963, Park Circus, 172 min, USA, Dir: John Sturges

Superlative WWII drama chronicling the real-life, large-scale prison camp escape of Allied POWs in Germany, featuring Steve McQueen in his (literally) breakout role as Captain Virgil Hilts, "The Cooler King." Nail-biting suspense and exhilarating action are punctuated with just the right amount of raucous humor, aided by composer Elmer Bernstein’s rousing score. With James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, James Donald and Donald Pleasence.


PAPILLON
1973, Warner Bros., 150 min, USA, Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner

McQueen gives one of his greatest performances in the true story of French convict Henri "Papillon" Charriere and his confinement in the hellish penal colony of French Guiana. Brilliantly directed by Franklin J. Schaffner (PLANET OF THE APES, PATTON), with terrific support from Dustin Hoffman as McQueen’s myopic buddy Louis Dega. Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr., adapted from Charriere’s autobiography.


THE HUNTER
1980, Paramount, 97 min, USA, Dir: Buzz Kulik

Steve McQueen plays bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson in this action-packed bio-pic, the actor's final film. With Eli Wallach and Ben Johnson.


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