Stalag 17

Stalag 17

Billy Wilder (1953)

A Certificate


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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.


The inmates of a German PoW camp are convinced there is a traitor in their midst when the guards seem to be forewarned of their escape attempts. An unassuming sergeant content to remain a captive until the end of the conflict becomes the focus of suspicion as mob mentality takes hold. Billy Wilder's Second World War drama, starring an Oscar-winning William Holden, with Don Taylor, Otto Preminger and Harvey Lembeck.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Billy Wilder
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Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray