The Great Escape is a 1963 American film about an escape by Allied prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II,
The film starred Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. The film is based on the book of the same name by Paul Brickhill, a nonfiction account of the mass escape from Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań, Poland), in the province of Lower Silesia, Nazi Germany. The characters are based on real men, in some cases composites of several men. The film was made by the Mirisch Company, released by United Artists, and produced and directed by John Sturges.
On March 24, 1944, 76 prisoners began breaking out of Stalag Luft III.