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Stalag 17 (1953)

120 min - Comedy, Drama, War - 29 May 1953
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It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17. For the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem - there seems to be a security leak. The Germans always seem to be forewarned about escapes and in the most recent attempt the two men, Manfredi and Johnson, walked straight into a trap and were killed. For some in Barracks 4, especially the loud-mouthed Duke, the leaker is obvious: J.J. Sefton, a wheeler-dealer who doesn't hesitate to trade with the guards and who has acquired goods and privileges that no other prisoner seems to have. Sefton denies giving the Germans any information and makes it quite clear that he has no intention of ever trying to escape. He plans to ride out the war in what little comfort he can arrange, but it doesn't extend to spying for the Germans.

Director:  Billy Wilder
Writers:  Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum
Stars:  William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves, Neville Brand, Sig Ruman, Michael Moore, Peter Baldwin, Robinson Stone, Robert Shawley, William Pierson, Gil Stratton, Jay Lawrence, Erwin Kalser, Edmund Trzcinski

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It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17. For the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem - there seems to be a security leak. The Germans always seem to be forewarned about escapes and in the most recent attempt the two men, Manfredi and Johnson, walked straight into a trap and were killed. For some in Barracks 4, especially the loud-mouthed Duke, the leaker is obvious: J.J. Sefton, a wheeler-dealer who doesn't hesitate to trade with the guards and who has acquired goods and privileges that no other prisoner seems to have. Sefton denies giving the Germans any information and makes it quite clear that he has no intention of ever trying to escape. He plans to ride out the war in what little comfort he can arrange, but it doesn't extend to spying for the Germans.



Tagline: THE STAR-SPANGLED, LAUGH-LOADED SALUTE TO OUR P.W. HEROS!

Genres: Comedy, Drama, War

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Language:  English, German, Russian
Release Date:  29 May 1953

Box Office

Budget:  $1,661,530

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Paramount Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 00 min

Academy Award Nominations

ACTOR — William Holden {“Sefton”} – WON
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Robert Strauss {“Stosh/’Animal'”}
DIRECTING — Billy Wilder


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