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Stalag 17 *With Spoilers*
- Vic Noto
I saw Stalag 17 when I was a kid on the CBS-Saturday Night at the movies in NYC in 1965.A few moments before the movie aired,they showed some previews which caught my interest.This is a terrific film,however I found it a little too stagyand of course taken from a Play which may explain some of that,but Billy Wilder could have made some of the scenes flow better. Even as a kid,I KNEW that Sefton wasn't the "Stoolie" as that would have been too obvious. There was something about the character of Price that didn't sit right with me,in fact as we know that HE was the German Spy set up in the barracks, listen to some of his dialogue and it seems downright Anti-American which went over the heads of his "Fellow" bunk mates. He seemed quite arrogant throughout the entire movie.When Dunbar was Hidden from the Gestapo SS,I knew he was in the water tower,which would have been the first place I would have looked. Upon Stalag 17 even to this day,is touted as a Comedy which is an error in judgement,there are MANY scenes that are comedic,however I deem those to be the way some of the G.I's. coped with the inordinate amount of daily stressStalag 17 is NOT a comedy,it's a BILLY WILDER film!
- DON RILEY
I really didn't know what I was getting into watching this. Beautifully directed and entertaining film. This is part comedy and part drama. I'm not an expert on Billy Wilder but in what I do know, that is somewhat his signature. This succeeds 100 % on the drama part, 100 % on the entertainment part. But the two central comedy figures become a bit much for my taste, they spend the entire film doing bits. The bits on their own are too much but in the context of the film it all works - absolutely. I do have a question on the Academy award to William Holden here. I liked him much better in Hollywood Boulevard. I just thought there was more substance to him in that part. But he performs this part - perfectly. And he's is wonderful in in it. But, the part in itself is really part of a greater ensemble. Its not a large part it is a leading role but the two comedians may actually be on the screen longer and they actually could be construed to be the leading players. I can't remember their names but they actually are as central as Holden. Again, Holden is perfect in this but I do question this being a best leading part in a film for an entire year, I don't know about that. Anyway, the film in my opinion works and is five stars.
I have always thought that the over-the-top gags would be offensive to anyone who lived through the experience, but come to find out that the two men who wrote the Broadway play (Edmund Trzcinski and Donald Bevan) had in fact been prisoners in Stalag 17! Trzcinski has a part in the film, as the guy who believes his wife when she says a baby she has adopted looks just like her.
Must see movie
- Steve J. Donovan
This is a great movie that is definitely an "Essentials" movie. Looking forward to watching it again when it plays.
- Anita Blackburn
Stalag 17 is one of my favorite movies. I think everyone in the movie deserved an Oscar. William Holden is such a Great Actor. In every movie he's made he plays a different kind of person. I just Adore him. If only I could of met him in person. It would've been better then meeting Elvis. I can watch this movie everyday, that's how much I Love it. It's that great. Thank you for reading my review.
- Eric A
**** Holden at his best, deserved Oscar winning performance.
Stalag 17 is okay ...
- Mr. Blandings
... but Stalag 13 (i.e. Hogan's Heroes) is better. :P
- Tom Gordon
This is pretty terrific. Grim at times, and yet, funny as well. Not as gritty as a present-day rendition of it would have been. (Think True Grit with John Wayne and the Coen brothers' version.) Holden is terrific. Only reservation is there is too much Strauss and Lembeck. They are good in what they do, but I don't think they should have as many minutes as they do here.
Overall- 4/5Lead Performers-5/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-5/5Score-4/5Titles-2/5Screenplay-4/5Cinematography-4/5Importance-3/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-4/5
- Dashiell Barnes
A superb WWII POW film. Cynical Sergeant Holden is suspected of being a Nazi informer by his fellow prisoners. Holden earned a well-deserved Academy Award as "Sefton," Strauss was nominated for his supporting performance, great acting from Preminger. Director & screenwriter, Wilder perfectly blends drama & comedy to depict the cruel ironies, brief loyalties and feuds among the confined men. A rousing, raw & entertaing look at POW camps during WWII. I give it a 5/5.
I first stummbled opon this movie watching it with my grandma; when I was little kid! Speaking from the younger generation, this movie was and still is one of my all time favorites to watch! This movie made my love for the old classy black and whites grow. You can't find a movie now a days as original and whitty as the oldies had made them! I recommend watching Stalag 17!!
one of his better movies.
Fantastic Movie !!
- Jim Burns
Stalag 17 has got to be one of the best Billy Wilder movies of all time. William Holden is great as the cynical seargeant who is a slick operator. My favorite scene is the one toward the movies end when the other prisoners discover who the "stoolie" is. A great movie !!
this movie is the best of all time a tru Man's man's movie
one of his movie
Holden at his best.
Wilder's Wartime Comedy Masterpiece.
- Frank Harris Horn
Academy Award-winning director, Billy Wilder brings Donald Bevin and Edmund Trzcinski's (who plays one of the prisoners) Broadway stage play to life on the big screen. William Holden gives an Oscar-winning performance as a super-cynical American POW suspected of being a Nazi spy planted among the other prisoners. Wilder perfectly blends drama with comedy to show monotonous, anxiety-ridden life among the POWs. Otto Preminger is wonderfully sinister as the ruthless camp kommandant, Oberst von Scherbach, and Don Taylor as the American lieutenant arrested as a saboteur. Robert Strauss and Harvey Lembeck reprise their original Broadway stage roles. With Peter Graves, Richard Erdman, Neville Brand, Sig Rumann, Robert Shawley, Jay Lawrence, William Marko, Peter Baldwin, Robinson Stone, Michael Moore, Ross Bagdasarian, Gil Stratton, Jr., Peter Leeds & John Mitchum.
- Bill Robinson
Vintage Bill Holden. When they roll Peter Graves over in the end, it triumphs over their containment by the Germans.
- jon previty
This movie is great. William Holden, Otto Preminger and Peter Graves played their parts just right. Back in those days during WWII, it you tried to escape a prison camp, the Germans knew what to do.
- John Andrechak
Like The Great Escape, this movie gives a portrait of the German camp guards as good natured benign bumblers; in this movie two US prisoners swaab a guard with white wash across his face without any repocussions; (in The Great Escape Steve McQueen actually knocks down a guard with a flying tackle again without any payback).In this movie though the worst case is how the film portrays the treatment of women russian prisoners; in reality if these women were either actually POWs or slave laborer there wasn not any showers, etc. While not neccessary to actually show the beyond brutal treatment of these people, there is no need to make it look like a Red Cross inspected Camp
- Lamb Bunny
In my home we didn't have a TV till I was 17, and I was the one who brought it in, my dad immediately started working on it (wonder he didn't get killed) We got an antenna and long pipe attached so we could direction it and pick up 2 stations. The first movie I ever saw was "Silent Running", about a submarine. I have always loved black and white movies since basically that is all that was made back then. when I saw Stalag 17 and the part where they sing I love you along with the other songs, It is just so sad and such a good movie, I fell in love with the movie. it's One of the top ranking movies ever. If you don't like this movie something is wrong with you.I hope the new generations make a point to watch movies and TV from the mid 20th Century.
Stalag 17 (1953)
- Jay Higgins
Outstanding prisoner of war classic. Director Billy Wilder skillfully combines drama, humor, intrigue and war into a well crafted film. Excellent performances all around. William Holden stands out in his Oscar winning role. Robert Strauss stands out in the superb supporting cast. Excellent all around.
One of the best films ever!!!William Holden is terrific. Wonderful performances by Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Otto Preminger, Neville Brand, Peter Graves, and Richard Erdman.Although their parts were small, I also enjoyed William Pierson, and Jay Lawrence.Well directed by Billy Wilder. I could watch this one everyday.LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!!
A tour de force performance by Holden. A delightful cast. A witty tight script based on the stage play.
One of the all-time classics
I first saw this movie when I was 11 yrs old... it's always been one of my all-time favorites.
- robert a.
This film offers a great blend of drama and comedy, a combination that works quite often but isn't used enough in film. Holden is sensational as the the con man,oppurtunist who reprieves himself in the end. The climax where he exposes the spy always gives me goosebumps, as everyone does a 180 degree turn towards him.Prisoner of war movies always seem to deliver, the situation creates many different dynamics, Think "The Grand Illusion."Great supporting cast including Harvey Lembeck who went on to the great "Sgt. Bilko" show, and an over the top Robert Strauss, and Otto Preminger as the camp commandant. You will recognize many of the cast members from old TV shows.