Cinema: Jul. 26, 1963

The Great Escape. Seventy-six Allied officers accomplish the impossible: a mass breakout from the Nazis' top-security prison camp. The plans and preparation are shown in almost hypnotic detail, and once the escape is under way, the suspense tightens like pincers. Steve McQueen. James Garner, Donald Pleasence, Richard Attenborough head an excellent all-male cast in one of the season's most exciting pictures.

This Sporting Life. Hulking Richard Harris is a professional rugby player who hits the big time in England but is no hero to his love-starved mistress. A jigsaw puzzle of flashbacks and...

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