Black comedy and suspenseful action inside a German POW camp during World War II--a setting that was later borrowed for the TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes. The great director Billy Wilder adapted the hit stage play, applying his own wicked sense of humor to the apparently bleak subject matter. William Holden plays an antisocial grouse amid a gang of wisecracking though indomitable American prisoners. Because of his bitter cynicism, Holden is suspected by the others of being an informer to the Germans, an accusation he must deal with in his own crafty way. Holden, who had delivered a brilliant performance for Wilder in Sunset Boulevard, won the 1953 Best Actor Oscar for Stalag 17. Very much his equal, however, is Otto Preminger, an accomplished director himself, who plays the strict, sneering camp commandant. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
William Holden does a pretty good job or portraying a prisoner in a stalag during World War II.
Unlike the TV program "Hogan's Heroes" this movie is more serious yet it... Read more
I received this item in good time and in good condition. If there are any othee items that I need from this person, I would not hesitate to order. Thank youPublished on July 23 2010 by Robert W. Johnson
Studio: Paramount Studio
Video Release Date: August 21, 2001
William Holden ... Sgt. J.J. Sefton
Don Taylor ... Lt. Read more
I can't even think of words to describe how much I love this film; it's one of those rarities that combine suspense with humor in a way that is incredibly rare in films, and when... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by chrisbean
There was surprisingly enough a lot of humor in the American attitude toward the Nazis and the Germans during World War II. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2004 by Dennis Littrell
Stalag 17 is an excellent war movie that belongs with The Great Escape and Bridge over the River Kwai as one of the best POW movies ever made. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by T O'Brien
The perfect blend of comedy, drama and mystery. The horrors of war are protrayed in the eyes of a group of US Sgts. in a POW camp who have a traitor in their midst. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by Peter Ingemi
Although the play by Edmund Trzcinski and Donald Bevan had been a smash hit on Broadway, most insiders did not expect STALAG 17 to succeed as a film. Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003 by Gary F. Taylor