Stalag 17 (1953)

BILLY WILDER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  USA, 1953Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1953.  

Robert Strauss, William Holden and Harvey Lembeck in Stalag 17. Strauss was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and William Holden won Best Actor at that year’s Academy Awards.

Inmates in a prisoner-of-war camp in World War II Germany are the subject of this excellent drama, directed by Billy Wilder. The group of men are all stuck together in too-close quarters, causing tension and anxiety among all of them, until they finally come together in the end to help a good friend escape.  is excellent as the bandleader among them, the smart and savvy guy who thinks he can woo his captors towards anything he chooses. Excellent, bristling dramatic development all set to a great screenplay.

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