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- 120 min.
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Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum. Theater: Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzcinski
Ernest Laszlo (B&W)
William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves, Neville Brand, Sig Ruman, Michael Moore, Peter Baldwin, Robinson Stone, Robert Shawley, See 5 More
War. Drama | II World War. Prison Drama. Army
- During WWII, in Stalag (which is German for prison) 17, the prisoners are dumbfounded as to how the Germans know when someone's trying to escape. Recently, two tried to escape and never made past just outside the camp. Sefton, a hustler and wheeler dealer, said that they wouldn't. And it also seems that Sefton doesn't mind that he has to trade with the Germans for some extra food or whatever and has no desire to escape. When they lose some valuable materials like a radio, or when a Lieutenant Dunbar, who just arrived, and who also blew up an ammunition train, and who also has some (unpleasant) history with Sefton, is arrested, they assume that Sefton's an informant. And while Sefton adamantly claims he is not, they don't turn their back on him or trust him, and would like nothing better than to tear him apart. Can Sefton find out who the real informant is?
: Oscar: Best Actor (William Holden). 3 Nominations
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Comedy Screenplay
: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (William Holden)
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"A fascinating film."
Tom Milne: Time Out
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