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An Escape from Nazis, Hollywood, and Steve McQueen’s Ego

“Over this range, then 20 more minutes and we’ve got it made,” Hendley (James Garner) calls over to Blythe (Donald Pleasance), whose wide, sightless eyes stare blankly through the windshield of Nazi plane the two have just stolen.  The camera cuts to a view of the Swiss Alps, the last barrier between the two escaped prisoners of war and freedom. Every cog of their escape plan had been churning in their…

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