Besides being an exciting and inspiring movie based on a real event, "The Great Escape" stars some of the coolest actors of the 1960s. Leading the pack was Mr. Cool himself, Steve McQueen. He was an outstanding actor and a great romantic lead; he was cool. Everyone knew it and everyone agreed. I would be interested in knowing what the younger generation thinks about Mr. McQueen after seeing this picture. Also starring as the charming scrounger, James Garner brings the same style and sense of humor as he did in his classic television roles as Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford. Finally, there was the tough guy, Charles Bronson in one of his most vulnerable roles of his acting career as the tunnel digger with claustrophobia. The mastermind of the escape is played by Richard Attenborough, most recently known for his role in the Jurassic Park trilogy. Donald Pleasant, widely remembered as the psychiatrist in the Friday the 13th films and as the villain in many other films, plays the forger who is responsible for the necessary papers. In the process he goes blind and must be escorted on the escape.