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Your Classics Awards: Great Escapes

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Any movie is an escape from the real world of bus rides and laundry and credit card bills.  It’s often enough to see pretty people in interesting situations, but add a daring getaway and the cinematic excitement ratchets up even more.

Escape takes many forms.  There’s the death-defying: Dr. Richard Kimble flees a prison transport bus moments before a freight train smashes into it, and later drops 200 feet from the spillway of a huge dam into the river below.  There’s the carefully planned and executed: Andy Dufresne spends nearly two decades tunneling his way through the Shawshank prison walls.  And there’s the clever and improvisational: Verbal Kint talks such a good game that he can simply limp out of harm’s way.

Which is the most electrifying?  Is it Captain Virgil Hilts gunning his motorcycle through the German countryside with a passel of Nazis hot on his wheels?  Or Billy Hayes donning a guard’s uniform to slip out of a Turkish prison?  Or Luke’s joyride in a stolen truck?

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