The classic Steve McQueen movie immortalised three tunnels at Stalag Luft III PoW camp, now astonished archaeologists have discovered a fourth called George
As we know the Mailites are very
keen on historical accuracy in films, especially war films. Changing the name of a dog renders an entire film unwatchable.
This classic "Steve McQueen movie" is mostly fairly accurate, apart from Steve McQueen's character and the film's most famous scene, the motorcycle chase.
-No Americans took part in the escape
-McQueen's character never wears uniform, if he had been captured like that he would have almost certainly been shot as a spy. Even if he wasn't shot the first thing the Germans would have done is put him in uniform. A large part of the film is the construction of escape kits, yet one prisoner is allowed to wander about in civilian clothes?
-If anyone had assaulted German soldiers like he did, worn a German uniform, and done many of the other things he did (like walking over the Warning Wire), he would have been shot. Many times over.
-The motorcycle scene was entirely fictional, added at McQueen's own insistence. The bike used is a post war British Triumph, not a BMW or Zundapp as used by the German army.
Do these inaccuracies attract fury? Are the comments all about how they refuse to watch it?
Not a peep.
Mostly they seem to be about how Britain isn't worth escaping to today.
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