The Great Escaper

infrequent strong language, moderate sex references

Content Advice

threat and horror

There are flashbacks to wartime action in which landing vessels come under fire from planes and artillery, causing fear and panic amongst those on board, and tanks are shelled as they roll up the beaches at Normandy.


There is infrequent strong language (‘f**k’) as well as milder terms such as ‘twat’, ‘bloody’, ‘piss’, ‘bugger’, ‘tosser’, ‘bollocks’, ‘hell’, ‘damn’, ‘God’ and ‘Christ’.


A man and woman kiss, then lie down together on the ground before the scene cuts to the woman in her later years recalling their lovemaking, which is indicated only by the sounds of her sexual moaning. Mild sex references include comic comments about male strippers and only “the randy and infirm” going to bed early.


In a scene set in the 1940s, there is a non-directed use of the outdated term “poncey”. A British WWII veteran harbours resentment at what he experienced and refuses to buy a Black Forest gateau “because it’s German”, but his sentiments later undergo a poignant change. The work as a whole does not endorse discrimination.

rude humour

A man vomits after a day of continuous drinking.


There are mild upsetting scenes related to bereavement, wartime tragedies and the effects of war on mental health. Other references to illness include an elderly woman’s admission that she is not far from death, and a man’s comments about his prostate gland and his alcoholism.

alcohol and tobacco

There is infrequent smoking.

Rating information according to the BBFC
(British Board of Film Censors)