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Stalag 17
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William Holden William Holden
Sgt. J.J. Sefton
Don Taylor Don Taylor
Lt. James Dunbar
Otto Preminger Otto Preminger
Oberst von Scherbach
Robert Strauss Robert Strauss
Sgt. Stanislaus 'Animal' Kuzawa
Harvey Lembeck Harvey Lembeck
Sgt. Harry Shapiro
Richard Erdman Richard Erdman
Sgt. 'Hoffy' Hoffman
Peter Graves Peter Graves
Sgt. Frank Price

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Edwin Blum Edwin Blum


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Classic war drama.

9 years, 10 months ago at May 7 12:53
3 votes
"Nobody has ever escaped from Stalag 17. Not alive, anyway."

When people look back at the classic World War II movies there is one indisputable fact: most of them are a story about the fighting or being in the trenches. Most Hollywood WWII films are just about the combat and the drama while on the front line. The opening narration states quite clearly that no films are made about th... read more


11 years, 1 month ago at Feb 5 12:26
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Golden boy William Holden bagged an Oscar for his portrayal of resident entrepreneur/stool pigeon (?) in a POW camp during WWII. Entirely deserved it too, and I suppose Billy Wilder deserves most of the credit. Though not a fan of war movies, this is one of two favorite war flicks--the other being The Bridge on the River Kwai (another Holden flick, but he's not the reason I like it--Alec Guiness... read more

A classic

5 years ago at Feb 23 12:35
3 votes
Since it is considered a classic, I was really eager to check this flick. Honestly, I'm not really familiar with Billy Wilder's work but I have fortunately managed to watch a few of his movies lately ('The Apartment', 'Some Like It Hot', 'The Seven Year Itch', 'Sabrina', 'Sunset Blvd.') and this movie was easily of one of his best. The first striking thing about this movie is its introduction when... read more
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Description: Black comedy and suspenseful action inside a German POW camp during World War II--a setting that was later borrowed for the TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes. The great director Billy Wilder adapted the hit stage play, applying his own wicked sense of humor to the apparently bleak subject matter. William Holden plays an antisocial grouse amid a gang of wisecracking though indomitable American prisoners. Because of his bitter cynicism, Holden is suspected by the others of being an informer to the Germans, an accusation he must deal with in his own crafty way. Holden, who had delivered a brilliant performance for Wilder in Sunset Boulevard ... (more)
Release date: 10 August 1953
UPC: 097360581645
Tags: War (10), Drama (8), Comedy (7), World War II (6), Prison (6), WWII (5), 1953 (4), POW (4), Black & White (4), 1950s (3), Prisoner Of War (3), Classic (3), Nazi (3), Escape (3), World War 2 (2), Suspense (1), Imdb250 (1), Air Raid (1), Essential Cinema (1), Germany (1)
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