“The Great Escape” Turns 50 in Omaha this November

It’s one of the most iconic images in film. Steve McQueen jumping a motorcycle over a barrier fence as a prisoner of war on the move in 1963’s “The Great Escape.” On Saturday, November 9th, Omaha film historian Bruce Crawford will present, as his 33rd Classic Film Salute, a 50th Anniversary presentation of “The Great Escape.” Crawford’s special guest of honor for the event will be one of the film’s stars, David McCallum. Mr. McCallum, probably best known as secret agent Ilya Kuriakin from television’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” currently co-stars on the popular television series “NCIS.” Mr. McCallum will introduce the film, discuss his career and will be available for autographs.

Also on display will be a replica of the motorcycle McQueen used in the film. Noted artist Nicolosi will unveil the U.S. Postal Service Commemorative Envelope he designed honoring the film. The screening will be an outstanding way to celebrate the Veteran’s Day weekend.

The film will be shown at 7:00 pm on November 9th at the Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Hall Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit the Nebraska kidney Association. Tickets are $22.00 each and are available at the customer service counter at all Omaha-area Hy Vee food stores or can be purchased by calling (402) 932-7200. For more information go to www.omahafilmevent.com

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