The Great Escape (1963) Poster


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Return to 'The Great Escape' (1993) (Video)
this documentary is about the great escape the real one and the movie version


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Bandstand: Episode dated 17 November 1962 (1962) (TV Episode)
Brian Henderson mentions John Leyton's latest film appearance starring Steve McQueen and James Garner.
The Marriage Lines: Trial Separation (1963) (TV Episode)
Poster seen outside cinema
Il giovedì (1964)
the untrue story invented by the father to impress the son is ispired to the Great Escape film
Three Hats for Lisa (1965)
Seen on marquee outside theatre
Batman: The Great Escape (1968) (TV Episode)
title reference
Bewitched: Cousin Serena Strikes Again: Part 1 (1969) (TV Episode)
After Serena rides into their living room on a motorcycle, she asks,"Whom were you expecting? Steve McQueen?"
Girls' School Scandal (1969)
A poster of Capt. Hilts is on a wall.
Heureux qui comme Ulysse... (1970)
poster is shown in front of a cinema
Black Angels (1970)
A poster of Hilts is in the bar.
She Did What He Wanted (1971)
Nora has a poster of Capt. Hilts.
The Boy Who Turned Yellow (1972)
There is a poster of Steve McQueen as Virgil Hilts from The Great Escape (1963) in Munro's bedroom.
Papillon (1973)
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?: The Likely Lads: A Special Christmas Edition (1974) (TV Episode)
Bob notes the film is a Christmas TV fixture.
Breakout (1975)
Charles Bronson while talking to Jill Ireland asks if they're going to build two tunnels in case one is discovered. In The Great Escape, in which Bronson co-starred, the prisoners build three tunnels.
Ripping Yarns: Escape from Stalag Luft 112 B (1977) (TV Episode)
The leader of the escape committee is called "Attenborough", a reference to Richard Attenborough's role as head of the escape committee in the 1963 movie
Starsky and Hutch: The Trap (1978) (TV Episode)
Joey refers to this movie by name when talking about how to escape the barn.
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Both prison governors use the metaphor of keeping all rotten eggs in one basket.
Alice: The Great Escape (1981) (TV Episode)
title reference
Are You Being Served?: Undesirable Alien (1981) (TV Episode)
Mr Humphries suggests the theme be played at his wedding to Mrs Crawford.
Prisoner: Episode #1.266 (1982) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Susie Driscoll.
Knots Landing: Yesterday It Rained (1984) (TV Episode)
While he is in the cell, Cathy gives Gary a baseball and glove. She tells him that the gift was inspired by The Great Escape (1963), which was on television the previous night.
Remington Steele: Lofty Steele (1984) (TV Episode)
Steele uses a tactic from this movie to survive the fire in Laura's building.
Mr. Belvedere: Gorgeous George (1985) (TV Episode)
George mentions how he purchased a motorcycle, because he wanted to be like Steve McQueen in "The Great Escape"
The Goonies (1985)
The music played when the kids discover the tunnel in the Fratellis'' hideout by accidentally pouring water down it, is the same piece of music played in The Great Escape (1963) when the Germans discover the prisoners'' first tunnel by accidentally pouring coffee down it.
Big Trouble (1986)
Metal Gear (1987) (Video Game)
Married with Children: The Great Escape (1988) (TV Episode)
title reference
Red Dwarf: Queeg (1988) (TV Episode)
Lister and the Cat whistle the theme tune to The Great Escape as they scrub the floor.
Who's the Boss?: Nineteen Again (1988) (TV Episode)
When Angela tries to escape from an interrogation room, a police officer asks: "What is this? The Great Escape?"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Christopher Reeve/Melanie Mayron/Jonathan Zachary (1988) (TV Episode)
Christopher Reeve refers to the earlier movie
The Munsters Today: The Not So Great Escape (1989) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: In the Name of Science (1989) (TV Episode)
The comic relief scientist references a scene from the movie.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
When hitting the floor of the Venetian library with the metal pole, Indy matches his movement to those of the librarian stamping books to cover up the sound. The tunnelers do the same to mask the sound of their digging.
Knots Landing: Poetic Justice (1989) (TV Episode)
Danny tells Valene that his favourite film is The Great Escape (1963).
Beverly Hills Vamp (1989)
mentioned in dialogue
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Episode #2.5 (1989) (TV Episode)
Title referenced during 'Party Quirks''
Palace Hill: The Great Pantomine Horse Escape (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Series 2 Compilation 2 (1990) (TV Episode)
John Sessions portrays a character from the Great Escape during 'Party Quirks'
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom hums "The Great Escape" theme.
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990) (Short)
"We saw all the great war movies" (one of the list)
3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
Peter jumps over a fence in a motorcycle in the same manner as Hilts.
Huo shao dao (1990)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) (TV Episode)
As a character rides off on a motorcycle, Joel says, "It's Steve McQueen!"
The Flash: Be My Baby (1991) (TV Episode)
Barry owns the film on LaserDisc.
Delicatessen (1991)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: James Garner/Ron Shock/Pete Rose (1991) (TV Episode)
James Garner comments on his role in the earlier movie
Mystery Science Theater 3000: War of the Colossal Beast (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: "It's kinda like 'The Great Escape' with Glenn's head."
Empty Nest: The Great Escape (1992) (TV Episode)
title reference
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Mr. Brown mentions this film during his 'Like a Virgin' speech.
Forever Knight: Dying to Know You (1992) (TV Episode)
Nick continually bounces a baseball against the wall.
Fortress (1992)
Referenced in dialogue.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Day the Earth Froze (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel: "'The Great Escape,' 30 years later"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) (TV Episode)
Joel and Tom hum the title theme.
Seinfeld: The Glasses (1993) (TV Episode)
The scene where George spots a dime on Jerry's floor is a reference to a scene from The Great Escape wherein Donald Pleasance is trying to convince James Garner and Richard Attenborough that he can see well enough (although he has indeed gone blind) to participate in the escape. He plants the dime whilst he is alone in the room and then seems to be able to find it in their presence.
Animaniakken: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) (TV Episode)
Seen on video store shelf in 'Video Review'
Waiting for God: Another Christmas at Bayview (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom's habit of tunneling out of Colditz is mentioned again.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike hums the theme.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Andy uses the same method of getting rid of the dirt from his tunnel.
Love & War: The Great Escape (1994) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable (1994) (Video)
A bit in which the film is mentioned by name and the plot outlined
Game-On: The Great Escape (1995) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Great Elephant Escape (1995) (TV Movie)
Title reference.
The Cure (1995)
Erik sits in his basement throwing a baseball against the wall and catching it in his glove, just like Steven McQueen's character did in The Great Escape.
American Gothic: Strong Arm of the Law (1995) (TV Episode)
Lucas's line about criminals escapting like Steve McQueen is a reference to this film.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Jeffrey calls James' disappearance from the hospital "The Great Escape"
Goodnight Sweetheart: There's Something About a Soldier (1996) (TV Episode)
Ron refers to the roles of McQueen and Pleasance.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Escape 2000 (1996) (TV Episode)
Crow, Mike, and Tom hum "The Great Escape" theme.
Nash Bridges: The Great Escape (1996) (TV Episode)
title reference
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: By Inferno's Light (1997) (TV Episode)
Our heroes in the prisoner-of-war camp have many experiences parallelling key moments from the Great Escape.
Married with Children: Breaking Up Is Easy to Do: Part 1 (1997) (TV Episode)
Al offers Peggy to take her to this film.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1997) (TV Episode)
Mike and Tom hum/bark the theme to "The Great Escape."
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: The Great Mistake (1997) (TV Episode)
From the episode title
Am faa (1998)
Lau Ching Wan bounces a superball against his cell, much like Steve McQueen did in The Great Escape.
From the Earth to the Moon (1998) (TV Mini-Series)
From the Earth to the Moon: Spider (1998) (TV Episode)
There are multiple references including theme music and the film is named.
The Parent Trap (1998)
The music that accompanies Hallie and Annie's march to the isolation cabin is taken from the scene in The Great Escape in which Steve McQueen's character is marched to prison.
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: Blood Relations (1998) (TV Episode)
Photo poster with McQueen on motorcycle from movie on Janet's wall.
Caboblanco: Introduction and Tony Curtis' Parting Words (1998) (Video)
This title is mentioned / referred to.
Bodger and Badger: The Great Escape (1999) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
The X Files: Agua Mala (1999) (TV Episode)
A poster can be seen at Vincent's living room.
Melrose Place: How Amanda Got Her Groove Back (1999) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Red Dwarf: Pete: Part 1 (1999) (TV Episode)
Bob the skutter, as he passes Lister in a hall, is beeping the theme from the film.
Baby Geniuses (1999)
Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes (1999)
"The Great Escape" is mentioned during an interview.
Spin City: The Great Debate (1999) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Tao of Steve (2000)
Used as an example of a "Steve;" theme music is played.
Guns for Hire: The Making of 'The Magnificent Seven' (2000) (TV Movie)
mentionned once
Charlie's Angels (2000)
When Bosley is captured, he throws a baseball against the wall of his cell, reminiscent of Steve McQueen in The Great Escape.
EastEnders: Christmas Day 2000: Part 1 (2000) (TV Episode)
Eddie says "Personally, I prefer a good film to a game show. I don't even mind if I've seen it a couple of times but it's got to be a classic." Ian replies, "What? Like The Great Escape?"
Lucky Break (2001)
My Wife and Kids: Michael's Garden (2001) (TV Episode)
Michael references the film and Steve McQueen
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Referenced by name
Inside the Actors Studio: Episode #8.5 (2001) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kevin Costner.
Monarch of the Glen: Episode #3.5 (2001) (TV Episode)
When Golly and Hector are locked in the dungeon, Golly asks "Tunnel or wooden horse?"
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
The password that Carl Reiner's character (Saul Bloom) gives to the courier with the briefcase in Ocean's Eleven is the same Russian phrase, "Ia vas liubliu", that Charles Bronson's character (Flight. Lt. Danny 'The Tunnel King' Velinski) taught to James Coburn's character (Flying Officer Louis 'The Manufacturer' Sedgwick) in The Great Escape. It translates as "I love you".
Mean Machine (2001)
Monday Night Mayhem (2002) (TV Movie)
Referenced by Don
Hart's War (2002)
Bad Girls: Only the Lonely (2002) (TV Episode)
The inspiration for Shaz's escape plan.
Six Feet Under: The Secret (2002) (TV Episode)
Keith mentions the film.
Teachers: Episode #2.10 (2002) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Kurt.
Farscape: What Was Lost: Part 2 - Resurrection (2002) (TV Episode)
John says, "I'm not Steve McQueen. I wasn't trying to escape."
xXx (2002)
The Emperor's Club (2002)
Sedgewick plays catch against a wall like Steve McQueen in the earlier movie
Mr. Bean: The Animated Series: Hot Date (2002) (TV Episode)
In "Wanted," Capt. Hilts is one of Mr. Bean's cellmates, throwing a baseball against the prison wall.
Lizzie McGuire: Grand Ole' Grandma (2003) (TV Episode)
The theme tune briefly plays.
Murphy's Law: Electric Bill (2003) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in Murphy's list of prison films (sub-genre: escape films).
Bad Girls: Episode #5.2 (2003) (TV Episode)
The girls hum the theme tune to welcome Shell back on G Wing.
Fortysomething: Episode #1.1 (2003) (TV Episode)
Benedict Cumberbatch's character Rory bounces a ball in a manner similar to Steve McQueen's character Hilts, and the main theme from "The Great Escape" is used.
Fortysomething: Episode #1.3 (2003) (TV Episode)
While the family discusses how to get out of the house without Pilfrey noticing, Edwin suggests they build three tunnels - Tom, Dick, and Harry.
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Abjad (2003)
Peep Show: On the Pull (2003) (TV Episode)
Jez compares his awkward evening at Toni's with the test in the film.
Ricky Gervais Live: Animals (2003) (Video)
Ricky whistles the soundtrack while shaking his leg in the same manner as in the movie while they dropped sand from their trousers
Arrested Development: Key Decisions (2003) (TV Episode)
Gob Bluth wears a baseball glove in the prison yard, like Steve McQueen in The Great Escape; earlier, Lucille Bluth specifically mentioned Steve McQueen
Arrested Development: Visiting Ours (2003) (TV Episode)
A newspaper headline reads: "Warden Decries: Not So Great Escape."
Revealed: The Great Escape (2004) (TV Episode)
Film is mentioned as a dramatisation of their story
Back to Gaya (2004)
news story called "The Great TV Escape"
Tripping the Rift: Emasculating Chode (2004) (TV Episode)
Whip is seen bouncing a ball against the wall
Rosemary & Thyme: The Memory of Water (2004) (TV Episode)
The girls wonder if the convicts will escape over the garden wall like Steve McQueen.
Monarch of the Glen: Episode #6.4 (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter: Halloween (2004) (TV Episode)
Jim tries to watch the film but is interrupted several times. James Garner played Hindley in the film.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (Video Game)
Major Tom says that his codename comes from the Tom tunnel in The Great Escape.
Top Gear: Episode #5.8 (2004) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Eddie Izzard and later by Jeremy
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet: Au Revoir: Part 2 (2004) (TV Episode)
Referenced by name
Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005)
"We saw all the great war movies" (one of the list)
Smallville: Pariah (2005) (TV Episode)
At the end of the episode Clark is visited in his loft by his parents. Throughout their conversation Clark bounces a ball off the wall. A direct reference to Steve Mcqueen's character in The Great Escape.
100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) (TV Special)
Chicken Run is referred to as "The Great Escape with chickens"
Alien Apocalypse (2005) (TV Movie)
One of the escape scenes is based on a scene from The Great Escape.
The Sandlot 2 (2005) (Video)
He sees the poster for the movie and then they dig underground
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
One of the films on the list
Madagascar (2005)
When the penguins are digging underneath the ground to escape
The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005)
Scene where they catch out Wolf Lipp by speaking german when he is pretending to be an englishman
Midsomer Murders: Midsomer Rhapsody (2005) (TV Episode)
After a victim is decapitated with ba wire stretched across the road, Scott refers to it as a Steve McQueen.
House M.D.: Hunting (2005) (TV Episode)
House bounces/catches a ball in his office the same way Capt. Hilts did in the cooler. He later gives the name "Steve McQueen" to a mouse he's trying to catch.
House M.D.: Failure to Communicate (2006) (TV Episode)
House bounces a ball in a manner similar to Steve McQueen's character Hilts.
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee: The Great Escape (2006) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Heist: Strife (2006) (TV Episode)
Mickey O'Neil mentions it as his favorite film on his date with Amy Sykes.
Being Ian: The Great Escape (2006) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Psych: Shawn vs. the Red Phantom (2006) (TV Episode)
the author of the Green Spirit is named Hiltz Kooler. This is a reference to Steve McQueen's character in The Great Escape, Hilts, the Cooler King.
Petrified (2006) (Video)
phrase "the great escape" said
Smallville: Wither (2006) (TV Episode)
At the end of the episode, Clark is shown alone in his loft bouncing a ball against the wall repeatedly.
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Episode #1.5 (2006) (TV Episode)
The German host of Numberwang tricks a contestant into speaking English by wishing them "Good Luck".
Supernatural: The Usual Suspects (2006) (TV Episode)
Dean writes a letter to Sam addressed to Hilts and signed by McQueen.
Son of Rambow (2007)
When Lee is isolated by teachers he sits in the corridor bouncing a ball against the wall - just like Capt. Hilts in The Great Escape.
Goal II: Living the Dream (2007)
mentioned by Gavin
Top Gear: Episode #9.6 (2007) (TV Episode)
Jeremy mentions how getting in his Panda is like the escape in The Great Escape
Shaun the Sheep: Fleeced (2007) (TV Episode)
As the sheep dig an escape tunnel, music similar to "The Great Escape" theme is heard.
Supernatural: Folsom Prison Blues (2007) (TV Episode)
When Dean is in solitary he wishes that he had a baseball, like Steve McQueen. McQueen threw a baseball in the wall when he was in solitary in The Great Escape
The Return of 'Allo 'Allo! (2007) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by the narrator
Astrópía (2007)
Building the escape tunnel in prison is synchronised with the noise of the watch guard. Subsequently the prisoners hide and shake out the debris while walking outside. In the film's previous scene a lot of references to classic films are made and in this subsequent scene a classic film is copied. This seems deliberate.
QI: Everything, Etc. (2007) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jeremy
Universal Groove (2007)
During a conversation between Jim (Corey Haim) and Zedrick (Robert Rudman) the characters argue over escapism through film. The Great Escape is brought up by Zedrick.
Heroes: Chapter Eleven 'Powerless' (2007) (TV Episode)
Noah Bennett passes the time in confinement by bouncing a ball against a wall, like Hilts.
American Dad!: The Most Adequate Christmas Ever (2007) (TV Episode)
Stan gets caught out by St. Peter by saying "Thank You" in English; this happens to a character in the movie
Paybacks Are a Bitch (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
That Mitchell and Webb Look: Episode #2.3 (2008) (TV Episode)
When the soup chef is about to get fired after losing his sense of taste and smell and making bad soup, he pretends he can detect a clove of garlic he secretly planted on the floor, very similar to the way the Forger pretends that he can see a pin on the floor which he had planted there earlier.
Lost: Meet Kevin Johnson (2008) (TV Episode)
Michael bounces a ball against the wall of his ship cabin, similar to Steve McQueen's character in the earlier film.
The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 15 April 2008 (2008) (TV Episode)
This film was referenced during 'The Great American Culture Quiz' segment.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Characters refer to the plot
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008) (Video)
In jail, Ray-Ray bounces a ball against a wall in the same way Capt. Hilts does.
$5 a Day (2008)
Nat gives Ritchie a leather jacket he says that Steve McQueen wore in The Great Escape.
Marley & Me (2008)
"the great escape" mentioned in dialogue
Doruâga no tô: The sword of Uruk: Meltland, City of Dreams (2009) (TV Episode)
escaping the prison
QI: France (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Hugh
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Bob in his cell bouncing a rubber ball to pass the time.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust (2009) (Video Game)
A mission in Larry's horror dreamscape is called "The Not So Great Escape?"
Terminator Salvation (2009)
When Marcus takes a motorcycle and jumps over a barb wired baracade its exactly like when Steve McQueen jumped over a barb wired baracade in "The Great Escape"; in reality, McQueen crashed his bike as Marcus does. The successful jump in "The Great Escape" was done by a stuntman.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
General Ed Fenech says "We have all our rotten eggs in one basket"...similiar to a line spoken by Kommandant von Luger in The Great Escape: "We have in effect put all our rotten eggs in one basket."
Inspector George Gently: Gently Through the Mill (2009) (TV Episode)
There is a poster of Steve McQueen from the film in Jed Jimpson's flat.
Samantha Who?: The Sister (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Howard
Phobidilia (2009)
DVD cover
Rude Tube: All Things Weird & Wonderful (2009) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Alex.
The Great Escape: The Reckoning (2009) (TV Movie)
The real story behind the movie.
Phineas and Ferb: Picture This/Nerdy Dancin' (2009) (TV Episode)
One mime is seen bouncing a ball against the wall of an invisible box
Aaron Stone: Saturday Fight Fever (2009) (TV Episode)
Tatianna in her cell bouncing a rubber ball to pass the time.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.54 (2009) (TV Episode)
Reference in a $400 clue in the category "Born & Died"
Runaway, a Twist of Fate (2009) (Video Game)
Mentioned Steve McQueen's prison escape plan of this movie
Copycats: Episode #1.11 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as an incorrect answer by one of the contestants.
Copycats: Episode #1.12 (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as a correct answer by one of the contestants.
The Supermarket (2009)
Character behaves like the Cooler King, bouncing a ball off a wall in a dairy cooler
QI: Germany (2010) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jo
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.116 (2010) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $1,000 photo clue in the category "Behind the Scenes"
Phineas and Ferb: The Lizard Whisperer/Robot Rodeo (2010) (TV Episode)
In his prison cell, Perry throws a ball against the wall in the same manner as Capt. Hilts in "The Great Escape."
Saturday Night Live: Ryan Phillippe/Ke$ha (2010) (TV Episode)
On Weekend Update, Seth compares Bret Michaels's appendectomy to "The Great Escape."
Generator Rex: The Day That Everything Changed (2010) (TV Episode)
Rex in his room/cell bouncing the ball off the wall.
Chadam: The Grave Escape (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Casino Jack (2010)
The film's title is written on Jack's blackboard when he is seen teaching a screenwriting class in prison.
Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: The Rescuers Down Under (2010) (TV Episode)
Audio clips play during the review
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011) (TV Movie)
In her jail cell, Candace bounces a ball against the wall in the same manner as Captain Hilts in "The Great Escape."
Kickin' It: The Great Escape (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Ethan Hunt throws a rock around his cell to overcome boredom like Hilts did in solitary confinement.
My Little Pony: Vriendschap is Magie: Read It and Weep (2012) (TV Episode)
Rainbow Dash bounces a ball up against the wall of a hospital room while in bed.
Safe House (2012)
Matt tosses a ball against the wall over and over to pass time like Hilts in this movie.
Top Gear: Episode #18.7 (2012) (TV Episode)
James mentions Steve McQeen and The Great Escape
Mad: Addition Impossible/New Gill (2012) (TV Episode)
Ethan Hunt bounces a baseball against the jail cell wall.
Borderlands 2 (2012) (Video Game)
The mission The great escape shares it's name with the movie of the same name
The Battery (2012)
Ben throws a baseball against the side of the car to pass the time.
30 Rock: Stride of Pride (2012) (TV Episode)
Jack says he decided to date several women with different qualities simultaneously after watching the film on TCM
Supernatural: The Great Escapist (2013) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Suits: Bad Faith (2013) (TV Episode)
Louis mentions The Great Escape, Steve McQueen and Charles Bronson.
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown.
Muppets Most Wanted (2014)
"The Great Escapo"
Hard Drive (2014)
Title phrase mentioned in song lyrics
Modern Family: A Hard Jay's Night (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Main Tera Hero (2014)
Mentioned in dialogue
Veep: The Choice (2014) (TV Episode)
Wendy tapes the film.
Bad Education: After School Clubs (2014) (TV Episode)
Mitchell and Joe play "The Crate Escape".
Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014)
appears on Steve McQueen flyer.
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
One of the songs featured a number of times at least starts off very much like the theme from The Great Escape.
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 (2015) (Video Game)
Trophy/Achievement titled "The Great Escape".
NCIS: Los Angeles: Forest for the Trees (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Callen.
Countdown: Episode #72.29 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Nick and Sherrie.
Badlapur (2015)
Liak tries to escape in a gunny bag, sliding between other bags of vegetables.
Countdown: Episode #72.48 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tim.
Supernatural: Inside Man (2015) (TV Episode)
Comment about Steve McQueen escaping jail
Revenge: Two Graves (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Nolan
Inside Out (2015)
When Riley moves into her new room, Anger says "Get out the rubber ball, we're in solitary confinement" referencing The Cooler King, who passes the time in solitary confinement by bouncing a ball against the wall.
Wiedzmin 3: Dziki Gon (2015) (Video Game)
One of the main quests (involving a break-out from Deireadh prison) is named after the movie.
My Mad Fat Diary: Rewind (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Rae.
Mr. Robot: eps1.4_3xpl0its.wmv (2015) (TV Episode)
Fernando Vera's cellmate throws a ball against the wall.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
In the scene where lllya rides a motorcycle, it's the same motorcycle and camera angles from the famous escape scene.
True Detective: Omega Station (2015) (TV Episode)
"The Great Escape" is the name of the boat that Ani Bezzerides and Felicia are on.
A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman (2015) (TV Movie)
Mentioned by Peter Lord and Nick Park. The theme tune is played.
Fuller House: The Not-So-Great Escape (2016) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Final Score: Episode dated 23 April 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Ivan Gaskell.
Silicon Valley: Meinertzhagen's Haversack (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Erlich
The Chase Australia: Episode #2.61 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Alana as her (incorrect) answer to a question about the 1973 prison film that stars Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman asked during her Cash Builder round.
Jay Leno's Garage: Essence of Cool (2016) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Steve McQueen rode a Triumph motorcycle in the film
Eat Locals (2017)
Triumph motorcycle and theme-tune briefly parodied.
Bunk'd: The Great Escape (2017) (TV Episode)
Title reference
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Filmmaker Matt Reeves said this film was an inspiration for the film.
Cash Trapped: Episode #2.13 (2017) (TV Episode)
Correct answer.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
The Hulk bounces a ball off the floor and wall of his cell and then catches it in the same way as Steve McQueen''s character does when he''s in solitary.
The Wright Stuff: Episode dated 15 December 2017 (2017) (TV Episode)
Matthew Wright says he's never watched this film
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)
Doug throws a ball against the wall in this hotel room.
Benidorm: Episode #10.9 (2018) (TV Episode)
Liam and Jacqueline sing the theme in the Salon
Riverdale: Chapter Forty: The Great Escape (2018) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: The Day Time Ended (2018) (TV Episode)
Jonah hums the theme music.
The Walking Dead: Evolution (2018) (TV Episode)
Negan tosses a ball against the wall of his cell and catches it in a baseball glove, just as Steve McQueen did in The Great Escape.
Hard Quiz: Episode #3.20 (2018) (TV Episode)
One of the four main topics.
Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018)
Appears on Steve McQueen flyer.

Featured in 

Precious Images (1986) (Short)
One More Saturday Night (1986)
Scenes are shown on a television set.
Return to 'The Great Escape' (1993) (Video)
many clips are shown
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
The Great Escape is #19.
Bandits (2001)
The 100 Greatest Films (2001) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Great Escape: A Standing Ovation (2001) (TV Short)
clips shown
The Great Escape: Bringing Fact to Fiction (2001) (TV Short)
clips shown
The Great Escape: Preparations for Freedom (2001) (TV Short)
clips shown
The Great Escape: The Flight to Freedom (2001) (TV Short)
clips shown
The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool (2005) (TV Movie)
excerpt shown
War Stories (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Knight and Day/I Am Love/The Killer Inside Me (2010) (TV Episode)
James McAvoy's #2 Favorite Film
Storyville: The Real Great Escape (2012) (TV Episode)
excerpt shown
The Unforgettable Gordon Jackson (2012) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
Casting By (2012)
fragment with Steve McQueen
Animation Lookback: Pixar Animation Studios Part 4 (2013) (TV Episode)
The Pixar crew watched prison films like this one for inspiration for Toy Story 3. Clip shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Prison Escape Movies (2013) (TV Episode)
The Great Escape is #1.
Brows Held High: Shame (2013) (TV Episode)
clip shown when Oancitizen thinks he's talking about Steve McQueen the actor
The Greatest Ever War Films (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 1 in the Countdown
I Am Steve McQueen (2014)
film clips
WatchMojo: Top 10 World War II Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
The Great Escape is #5.
Richard Attenborough: A Life in Film (2014)
Several clips from the film are shown.
The Wright Stuff: Episode dated 25 August 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
A clip is shown in tribute to Richard Attenborough who died the previous day.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Badass Movie Motorcycles (2014) (TV Episode)
The 1961 Triumph TR6 Trophy is #6.
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) (TV Special)
Clip shown.
Prison Night (2015) (TV Special)
Clips shown.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest War Movies of All Time (2016) (TV Episode)
The Great Escape is #5.
Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017)
Clips shown

Spoofed in 

Get Smart: The Not-So-Great Escape: Part 1 (1969) (TV Episode)
The title 'the not so great escape' is a spoof of the title 'the great escape'
Get Smart: The Not-So-Great Escape: Part 2 (1969) (TV Episode)
The title 'the not so great escape' is a spoof of the title 'the great escape'
Monty Python's Flying Circus: Mr. and Mrs. Brian Norris' Ford Popular (1972) (TV Episode)
There is a version of the film as presented by the 'Trim Jeans Theatre', including the original theme.
Carry on England (1976)
The tunnel digging scenes are a parody of the film.
Top Secret! (1984)
Dead End (1985)
McQueen look-alike in WWII uniform, riding motorcycle
'Allo 'Allo!: The Great Un-Escape (1987) (TV Episode)
Title Reference, Rene, Edith, The Waitresses & Monsieur Alfonse taking pans of dirt out of the hole they were digging is identical to the prisoners taking bags of dirt out in The Great Escape and in the ending of this episode they end up in a Prisoner of war camp
The Simpsons: A Streetcar Named Marge (1992) (TV Episode)
Maggie's stay at the "Ayn Rand School for Tots" daycare center spoofs "The Great Escape". After the pacifiers and bottles are confiscated, Maggie derives a scheme to retreive them. During this attempt the up-beat "scheme" theme song from the movie is played. When the attempt fails, Maggie is thrown in "The Box" just as Steve McQueen is thrown in "the cooler". The final detail added, when Maggie is taken to "the box"; another baby throws her a ball which is a nod to how Steve McQueen passes the time by throwing a ball against the wall and catching it when he is in "The Cooler".
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
Frank gets rid of dirt from the tunnel in his prison cell by using various methods, including the one used in The Great Escape.
My Fellow Americans (1996)
When James Gardner push Jack Lemmon off the train it is similar to what happened in "The Great Escape" when he pushes the Forger off the train.
Weird Science: Stalag 16 (1997) (TV Episode)
The theme tune plays several times. This episode is a parody of the film.
Chicken Run (2000)
The chicken yard resembles Stalag Luft III, plus several failed escape attempts and the musical score mimic those of The Great Escape. Ginger also throws a ball at a wall in solitary confinement just like Hilts.
Spaced: Change (2001) (TV Episode)
The scene where the unemployment agent tricks Daisy by asking her a question in Vietnamese is a nod to a similar scene towards the end of The Great Escape.
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
The password that Carl Reiner's character (Saul Bloom) gives to the courier with the briefcase is the same Russian phrase, "Ia vas liubliu", that Charles Bronson's character (Flight. Lt. Danny 'The Tunnel King' Velinski) taught to James Coburn's character (Flying Officer Louis 'The Manufacturer' Sedgwick) in The Great Escape (1963). It translates as "I love you".
Top Gear: Episode #1.2 (2002) (TV Episode)
Jeremy spoofs the Germans in this film when he talks about MG and BMW
La gran aventura de Mortadelo y Filemón (2003)
When Mortadelo and Filemon are in jail, the policeman locks them in a little fridge. The solitary confinement where Steve McQueen was put into every time he tried to escape was translated to Spanish as "la nevera" ("the fridge").
Purple Gas (2003)
Churchill: The Hollywood Years (2004)
character shot on railway platform staggers sideways while holding chest
Madagascar 2 (2008)
posters and trailers refer to the animals' journey as The Crate Escape
The A-Team (2010)
The title of the fake film used to facilitate Murdock's escape from the mental hospital is "The Greater Escape".
Torrente 4 (2011)
scenes spoofed
Archer: Space Race: Part I (2012) (TV Episode)
When Archer is locked in the cargo compartment he sits playing with a baseball and glove like Virgil Hilts does when he is placed in the "cooler."
De Hobbit: de Woestenij van Smaug (2013)
The way that the spies "signal" one another in Laketown is very similar to the way the prisoners would signal each other regarding movement of the Nazi guards
Phineas and Ferb: Phineas and Ferb Save Summer (2014) (TV Episode)
A pastiche of the main theme plays when Carl and Perry spring the rest of the OWCA agents from their cages
Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie (2014)
Theme music used.
José Mota presenta: Gra bendito (2016) (TV Episode)
Still Game: The Undrinkables (2016) (TV Episode)
Winston, near-blind from drinking too much hooch, pretends to pick up a pin in the exact same way a character in the film does. He also deliberately gets tripped up, in the same way the other guy does.
The Flash: Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3 (2017) (TV Episode)
In his cell, Wells throws a ball in exactly the same manner as Hilts does.
Corner Gas Animated: Shelter Skelter (2018) (TV Episode)
While trapped in the cellar, Brent bounces a plum off of the wall in homage to Steve McQueen's character in The Great Escape

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