Stalag 17 (1953)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Stalag 17 survives the jump from stage to screen with flying colors, thanks to Billy Wilder's typically sterling direction and a darkly funny script.


Movie Info

The scene is a German POW camp, sometime during the mid-1940s. Stalag 17, exclusively populated by American sergeants, is overseen by sadistic commandant Oberst Von Schernbach (Otto Preminger) and the deceptively avuncular sergeant Schultz (Sig Ruman). The inmates spend their waking hours circumventing the boredom of prison life; at night, they attempt to arrange escapes. When two of the escapees, Johnson and Manfredi, are shot down like dogs by the Nazi guards, Stalag 17's resident wiseguy … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2007
Runtime:
Paramount Home Video

Cast

Robert Strauss

as `Animal' Stosh
Otto Preminger

as Oberst Von Scherbach
Sig Rumann

as Schulz
Michael Moore

as Manfredi
Gil Stratton

as Cookie/Narrator
Jay Lawrence

as Bagradian
Erwin Kalser

as Geneva Man
Harald Maresch

as German Lieutenant
Carl Forcht

as German Lieutenant
Alexander J. Wells

as Prisoners with Beard
Bob Templeton

as Prisoners with Beard
Paul Salata

as Prisoners with Beard
Jerry Singer

as The Crutch
Bill Sheehan

as Prisoners of War
Richard P. Beedle

as Prisoners of War
Warren Sortomme

as Prisoners of War
Robin Morse

as Prisoners of War
Ralph Jarvis Caston

as Prisoners of War
James R. Scott

as Prisoners of War
Harry Reardon

as Prisoners of War
Wesley Ling

as Prisoners of War
John Mitchum

as Prisoners of War
William McLean

as Prisoners of War
Tommy Cook

as Prisoners of War
Janice Carroll

as Russian Women Prison...
Yvette Eaton

as Russian Women Prison...
Alla Gursky

as Russian Women Prison...
Olga Lebedeff

as Russian Women Prison...
Mara Sondakoff

as Russian Women Prison...
Ian Ross Gould

as German Orderly
Mike Bush

as Dancer
Joe Ploski

as German Guard Volley
Max Willenz

as German Lieutenant Su...
Peter Leeds

as Barracks No. 1 POW
Herbert Street

as Prisoner of War
Rodric Beckham

as Prisoner of War
Jerry Gerber

as Prisoner of War
William Mulcahy

as Prisoner of War
Russell Grower

as Prisoner of War
Cameron Donald

as Prisoner of War
James Dabney Jr.

as Prisoner of War
Ralph Gaston

as Prisoner of War
Svetlana McLee

as Russian Woman Prison...
Lyda Vashkulat

as Russian Woman Prison...
Audrey Strauss

as Russian Woman Prison...
Ross Bagdasarian Sr.

as Singing Prisoner of ...
John Patrick Veitch

as Prisoner of War
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Critic Reviews for Stalag 17

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8)

As rowdily entertaining on the screen as it was on the stage.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The resulting letdown is terrific, but along the way there is some of the funniest men-at-loose-ends interplay that Wilder has ever put on film.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One could make an argument that, among 20th century directors, few were more versatile than Billy Wilder.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
ReelViews
Top Critic

A lusty comedy-melodrama, loaded with bold, masculine humor and as much of the original's uninhibited earthiness as good taste and the Production Code permit.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

The good greatly outweighs the bad, particularly in the profile of Holden's character, a pragmatic, self-centered cynic whose heroism, when it is finally called upon, appears to come from deep within the barriers he has placed inside of himself.

October 23, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

In the end, Stalag 17's irreverence likely didn't revolutionize moviemaking for adults so much as it paved the way for the likes of M*A*S*H and Animal House. Then again, that alone is an achievement worth celebrating.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

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