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Could this film be made today?


I was wondering if this film could be remade today? Would it be something which could be any improvement to the original?

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Sure it could. Indeed, we've seen quite a few remakes done of older films - usually for no good reason.

Unless they had some compelling differences to do a remake, I don;t see the point of buying a ticket for one, though.

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Id love to see a remake of this personally.

One done in a more realistic style. I always find the problem with old war era films is that they are watered down, hammy and tongue in cheek, like this one.

The great escape done in a realistic way would be far better

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It would be very different. I'm not sure it would be better (or worse) just because its more realistic, but they could try.

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What's this bizarre obsession some have with wanting everything to be realistic? How boring.

Who says violence is not the answer?

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It could be done with more grit, blood, guts, and violence. It could be done with a lot of very competent, yet indistinguishable actors (as in "Dunkirk"). It could be done without humor. But it probably couldn't be done better.

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Oh, it COULD be done today, but I doubt it'd be done better.

This really is an excellent film, and it keeps the attention where it should be - on the ingenuity and dedication of the characters. Give it to modern Hollywood, and they'd try to fit in spectacular CGI visuals, car chases, Brad Pitt, and modern political correctness. Now I'm mostly in favor of political correctness, but this is one story that doesn't need it - the character's primary focus should be on thinking of clever ways to escape, not whining about other things.

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Do you really want The Great Escape in fabulously wonderful C G I.

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