The Great Escape is based on a true story about World War II prisoners of war (POWs) and how they attempted one of the most elaborate prison escapes of their time. Captain Hilt (Steve McQueen) and his soldiers are held at a POW camp in Nazi Germany. With the chance of rescue being slim and conditions worsening in the camp, the men decide to escape. Each man is given a special task, such as creating fake identification for each soldier to use on the 'outside' as well as tailoring clothes in order for them to go unnoticed, and not stand out as prisoners of war. Through careful planning and construction, the entire camp starts to excavate and build an underground tunnel with the hopes of getting past the guards, the guns, and eventually the prison wall. If and when they make it past the fence, will they be able to make it back to their beloved home country?