The Great Escape debuted on June 20, 1963, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. Valuable The Great Escape movie memorabilia includes one sheet, three sheet and insert posters, lobby card sets, movie stills and Polish, Italian and British movie posters.
United Artists' The Great Escape is one of Hollywood's top World War II films. Directed by John Sturges and starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn and David McCallum, The Great Escape features McQueen and his fellow Allied POWs plotting a mass escape from a Luft Stalag deep inside Nazi Germany. Made for $4 million, The Great Escape premiered in London on June 20, 1963, striking box-office gold and earning a single Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing.
Here are ten valuable The Great Escape movie posters and collectibles that are sure to please movie memorabilia collectors. "Look, sir, you talk about the High Command and the Luftwaffe, and then you talk about the Gestapo and the SS. To me, they're the same! We're fighting the bloody lot! There's only one way to put it, sir: they are the common enemies of everyone who believes in freedom. If the High Command didn't approve of Hitler, then why didn't they throw him out?" - Richard Attenborough as Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett
The Great Escape One Sheet Movie Poster
A one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $448.13. The Great Escape was filmed on location in Germany.
The Great Escape one sheet poster $448.13
The Great Escape Three Sheet Movie Poster
A three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in flat folded very fine+ condition brought $597.50 at auction. The movie is based on the book by Paul Brickhill, a British Spitfire pilot who spent time at Luft Stalag III during World War II.
The Great Escape three sheet poster $597.50
The Great Escape Lobby Card Set
A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in very fine condition fetched a top bid of $286.80 at auction. Moviegoers in 1963 may have spied these cards on display in theater lobbies.
The Great Escape lobby set $286.80
The Great Escape British Movie Stills
A collection of eight 8x10-inch black-and-white British movie stills in very fine condition brought $143.40 at auction. Charles Bronson had worked in coal mines prior to becoming an actor – a valuable asset as he plays the chief tunneler in the movie.
The Great Escape Window Card
A window card (14x22-inches) in fine- condition sold at auction for $118.31.
The Great Escape Movie Stills
A collection of nine original 8x10-inch black-and-white movie stills in very fine- condition brought $107.55 at auction. The motorcycle scenes in The Great Escape were specially written for bike lover Steve McQueen. It was Bud Ekins who performed the breathtaking motorcycle jump over the border fence.
The Great Escape still with l-r Steve McQueen, James Garner and director John Sturges, one of nine $107.55
The Great Escape Insert Movie Poster
An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $388.38. During filming, Steve McQueen – known for his love of speed behind the wheel – was caught by German police in a speed trap.
The Great Escape Movie Pressbook
A movie pressbook in uncut fine/very fine condition brought $42 at auction. Sample poster images are contained within this interesting item.
The Great Escape Polish Movie Poster
A Polish movie poster (33x22-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $1,075.50. Polish posters are renowned for their offbeat graphics.
The Great Escape poster $1,075.50
The Great Escape Italian Photobusta Movie Poster
An Italian photobusta movie poster (18x26-inches) in fine- condition brought $40 at auction. This particular example features Steve McQueen making his escape. The Great Escape came to Italy – a member of the Axis Powers during World War II – on October 10, 1963.
The Great Escape Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: The Great Escape British quad movie poster (30x40-inches) in fine/very fine condition $1,314.50
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