The Great Escape

The Great Escape is a 1963 film about several hundred Allied POWs who plan a mass escape from a German POW camp.

Year:
1963
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Hauptfeldwebel Strachwitz:
What are you doing over here by the wire?

Hilts:
Well, like I told Max here, I was trying to get my...

German Soldier:
Achtung!

[Von Luger enters]

Von Luger:
What were you doing by the wire?

Hilts:
Well, like I told Max... I was trying to cut my way through your wire because I want to get out.

Von Luger:
Suche ihn.

Hilts:
Bitte.

[Before Strachwitz can search him, Hilts produces his wire-cutters and hands them over to Von Luger]

Von Luger:
You speak German?

Hilts:
Jawohl, Herr Oberst.

Von Luger:
Wire cutters?

Hilts:
Jawohl, Herr Oberst.

Von Luger:
I have had the pleasure of knowing quite a few British officers in this war. And I flatter myself that we understand one another. [In the gathered crowd of prisoners nearby, Flying Officer Ives blows a raspberry, visibly irritating Strachwitz and Von Luger.] You are the first American officer I have met. Hilts, isn't it?

Hilts:
Captain Hilts, actually.

Von Luger:
Seventeen escape attempts.

Hilts:
Eighteen, sir.

Von Luger:
A tunnel man, engineer.

Hilts:
Flier.

Von Luger:
I suppose what's called in the American Army, "A hotshot pilot." Unfortunately, you were shot down anyway. So we are both grounded for the duration of the war.

Hilts:
You speak for yourself, Colonel.

Von Luger:
You have other plans?

Hilts:
I haven't seen Berlin yet. From the ground, or from the air. And I plan on doing both before the war's over.

Von Luger:
Are all American officers so ill-mannered?

Hilts:
Yeah, about 99 percent.

Von Luger:
Then perhaps while you are with us you will have a chance to learn some. Ten days isolation, Hilts.

Hilts:
Captain Hilts.

Von Luger:
Twenty days.

Hilts:
Right. Oh, uh, you'll still be here when I get out?

Von Luger:
[visibly annoyed] Cooler!

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