Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war 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 movie 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 planes, trains, and boats to get out of occupied Europe.
James Garner....Hendley 'The Scrounger'
Richard Attenborough....Bartlett 'Big X'
James Donald....Ramsey 'The SBO'
Charles Bronson....Danny 'Tunnel King'
Donald Pleasence....Blythe 'The Forger'
James Coburn....Sedgwick 'Manufacturer'
Hannes Messemer....Von Luger 'The Kommandant'
David McCallum....Ashley-Pitt 'Dispersal'
Gordon Jackson....MacDonald 'Intelligence'
John Leyton....Willie 'Tunnel King'
Angus Lennie....Ives 'The Mole'
Nigel Stock....Cavendish 'The Surveyor'
Robert Graf....Werner 'The Ferret'
Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database.