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A Man Called Jones: The Real Virgil Hilts (2002)



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Complete credited cast:
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James Doolittle ...
Himself (archive footage) (as General James H. Doolittle)
David Jones ...


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20 May 2002 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on the 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD for The Great Escape (1963), released in 2004. See more »


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Good Look at the McQueen Character
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Real Virgil Hilts, The: A Man Called Jones (2002)

*** (out of 4)

James Coburn briefly narrates this entertaining interview with Dave Jones, the man who became known as the "Real Virgil Hilts" who of course was the character played by Steve McQueen in THE GREAT ESCAPE. Jones talks about his early career and how he ended up in the war, which included not only the known stuff dealing with the POW escape but also his involvement in the Doolittle Raid. According to what Coburn says, director John Sturges always wanted to show that the McQueen character was a real person because the American in the cast always caused some controversy because the person wasn't really involved in the escape. Jones comes off quite pleasant here as he talks about his life and then what part he had in the escape. The truth is that he was removed before the escape actually took place but it's interesting seeing what bits and pieces of the story he was involved in. This includes the bit where the walls were removed so that they could hide items behind them. Fans of the film or the real adventure will certainly want to check this out.

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