Stalag 17 (1953)

Headlined by William Holden and directed by Billy Wilder, this is a great POW World War II film with its dramatic and comedic moments. Holden is the cynical camp scrounger Sefton and after some men are killed following an elaborate escape. everyone believes he is an informant. Tempers rise when two new prisoners arrive and one is questioned for his part in sabotage. Again the camp believes Sefton squealed and eventually they beat him up for being a traitor. However, Sefton himself finally figures out who the real informant is and tips off the barracks before another escape attempt. Sefton goes along and ironically the spy is used as their diversion so they can escape. This film has a lot of great characters including Cookie, Animal, Harry, and don’t forget Schultz who is reminiscent of To Be or Not to Be and a predecessor to Hogan’s Heroes own. Along with the Great Escape and the Bridge on the River Kwai, this is one of the best POW films.

4.5/5 Stars

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