THE GREAT ESCAPE
1963, Park Circus, 172 min, USA, Dir: John Sturges

Superlative WWII drama chronicling the real-life, large-scale prison camp escape of Allied POWs in Germany, featuring Steve McQueen in his (literally) breakout role as Captain Virgil Hilts, "The Cooler King." Nail-biting suspense and exhilarating action are punctuated with just the right amount of raucous humor, aided by composer Elmer Bernstein’s rousing score. With James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, James Donald and Donald Pleasence.


THE NOTEBOOK
2004, Warner Bros., 123 min, Dir: Nick Cassavetes

Wealthy socialite Allie (Rachel McAdams) and working-class dreamer Noah (Ryan Gosling) fall passionately in love in one of the most ardently beloved screen romances of the last decade, based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks. Torn apart by status differences and the onset of World War II, the two go their separate ways - Allie to university and Noah to the army. But time and even great misunderstanding can't suppress true love, and when the two meet again after the war - despite Allie's impending marriage to another man - they are confronted with their real feelings and desires. With Gena Rowlands and James Garner.


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