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Stalag 17


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  Stalag 17 Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
8.67 /10
 
Starring
William Holden , Don Taylor, Otto Preminger3
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Directed by: Billy Wilder
Written by: Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum from play by Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzinski

 
 
 
Released: 1953
   
Genre: DRAMA
COMEDY
WAR
WORLD WAR II
   
Origin: US
   
Colour: BW
   
Length: 119
 
 


 
Lusty, boisterous American prisoners-of-war suspect a traitor in their midst; suspicion falls on a loner (William Holden, pictured).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A black comedy with melodramatic overtones, Stalag 17 baffled some British reviewers but was very well received in America, both critically and commercially. William Holden showed a power that hadn't been apparent in his performances before, and was well supported by a fine array of character actors. Otto Preminger is especially memorable as the gloatingly sadistic Kommandant, a role for which many who had been directed by him felt he was ideally suited. Ernest Laszlo's photography and Franz Waxman's score are outstanding.


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