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Stalag 17

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Original title
Stalag 17
Running time
120 min.
United States United States
Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum. Theater: Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzcinski
Franz Waxman
Ernest Laszlo (B&W)
Paramount Pictures
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?
1953: Oscar: Best Actor (William Holden). 3 Nominations
1953: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1953: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Comedy Screenplay
1953: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films
1953: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (William Holden)
Critics' reviews
  • "A fascinating film."
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