Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war (POW's) are all put in an 'escape proof' camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the film is played for comedy as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use boats and trains and planes to get out of occupied Europe .
|nudity||MPAA - "PG" for action sequences of war violence, brief mild language including scenes of smoking, drinking and tobacco used. Actor Charles Bronson is seen in a brief shower sequence (the shower trap cleverly hides a tunnel shaft), but he is not visible from the waist down.|
|violence||A man stabs a pitchfork into a pile of trees, where another man is hiding, No man is stabbed or injured. A man crashes through three bunks on a bed. A man crashes his motorcycle into barbed wire, showing some cuts and scrapes. There is also some motorcycle accidents. There are scenes where men are killed by gunfire. Two prisoners are shot off-screen. It is later made clear that a total of fifty (50) prisoners were executed altogether, in violation of normal rules of warfare. A man prisoner commits suicide by climbing the fence and being shot by the guards. His body hangs on the fence. Some blood is shown very briefly. A plane carrying two escaped prisoners crashes, killing one of them (some blood). Nazi soldiers are shot in a drive-by shooting while they are sitting at a cafe. Brief but violent. Although a lot of the things mentioned above may sound graphic and intense but most of the scenes of violence are brief and non-graphic.|
|profanity||Brief mild language, such as "damn" and "hell." Some uses of "kraut".|
|alcohol||Contains some scenes involving tobacco use. There is also one scene involving moonshine. There is a reference to "getting good and stoned" but it is referring to getting drunk, not high.|
|frightening||The scene where Archibald Ives is shot to death, and where his body is hanging in the barbed wire may be intense. The escape and capture scenes are intense. 8+|