Situation Hopeless---But Not Serious

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A pair of American Allied fliers (Michael Connor and Robert Redford in his second feature film appearance) are shot down in a small German village near the end of WW II and end up captured and held prisoner in the wine cellar of a lonely old man (Alec Guiness). The old man likes having the two around and so endeavors to keep them in his cellar even though the war is over. The two remain there for seven years and while they wait, the old man regales them with tales of a wonderful Nazi world. The strange plot of this comedy is based on a novel by Robert Shaw.

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  • Aug 07, 2009
    <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/sitiuation-hopless-but-not-serious-11934733"><img src="http://content7.flixster.com/photo/11/93/47/11934733_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com">Situation Hopeless But Not Serious </a> - Sir Alec Guinness</div></div> Here's a forgotten gem. This is a very strange, but satirical WWII comedy. This is Robert Redford's second film. A pair of American pilots are shot down over a German village near the end of WW II. They are captured by a lonely old man, played by Sir Alec Guiness, who holds them prisoner in his Gothic, vaulted wine cellar. The captor likes having the two for company and keeps them in his cellar long after the war is over. However, he conveniently fails to inform them of this. The prisoners remain there for seven years in pretty nice accommodations, but slowly going stir crazy. While they wait, the old man spins them tales of a Utopian Nazi world as he tries to decide whether or not to let them go. It's funny, but also a bit sinister as we wonder if they will ever correctly appraise and resolve their situation. Based on a novel by Robert Shaw, this is one that Kurt Vonnegut or Joseph Heller fans might enjoy.
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