Stalag 17

  • PG
  • Billy Wilder (1953)
  • US
  • 115 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

William Holden won the best actor Oscar for his unsympathetic portrayal here of an imprisoned opportunist in a German PoW camp - an emotive subject just eight years after the end of the Second World War. Director Billy Wilder superbly balances elements of drama, satire and comedy, and captures the claustrophobia of camp life. There are also fine performances from inmates Robert Strauss and Harvey Lembeck, both of whom were veterans of the tale's original Broadway run. The surprise casting coup is director Otto Preminger, who's mesmerising as a nasty Nazi.

Plot Summary

Director Billy Wilder's classic Second World War drama, starring William Holden, Don Taylor and Otto Preminger. When two American prisoners, attempting to escape from Stalag 17, run into a German ambush, it becomes clear that one of the men in Barrack 4 must be an informer. The obvious suspect is Sefton, who spends his time trading with the guards and organising gambling among the prisoners.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sefton
William Holden (2)
Dunbar
Don Taylor
Oberst Von Scherbach
Otto Preminger
"Animal"
Robert Strauss
Harry
Harvey Lembeck
Duke
Neville Brand
Hoffy
Richard Erdman
Price
Peter Graves (2)
Cookie
Gil Stratton
Bagradian
Jay Lawrence
Schultz
Sig Ruman
Marko the Mailman
William Pierson

Crew

Director
Billy Wilder

Other Information

Language: 
English
Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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