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Stalag 17 Reviews

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July 28, 2015
Simultaneously fiery and farcical, it's a fitting final third for Wilder's 1950s hat trick that also includes Sunset Blvd and Ace in the Hole
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2013
Director Billy Wilder superbly balances elements of drama, satire and comedy, and captures the claustrophobia of camp life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 4, 2012
William Holden won his first and only Best Actor Oscar for Billy Wilder's vastly entertaining serio comedy set in a POW camp.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 15, 2011
When escape is the only option, you do whatever you can to make it happen. This is one exciting escape drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 28, 2010
Teens may enjoy this exceptional, exciting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
December 5, 2008
As rowdily entertaining on the screen as it was on the stage.
October 23, 2007
Interesting depiction with a pretty decent performance from Holden and supported by a credible cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 23, 2007
A bleak, black comedy in which the laughter can die in the throat.
August 14, 2007
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.
August 14, 2007
One could make an argument that, among 20th century directors, few were more versatile than Billy Wilder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 14, 2007
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.
December 8, 2006
Unforgettable Billy Wilder POW tale with Holden in perhaps his greatest role.
| Original Score: 5/5
November 11, 2006
The prison story had an offbeat flavor that was pleasing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 21, 2006
As with many of Wilder's films, you tend to forget just how funny it is %u2014 the way the master director cuts tension with incisive wit and barely controlled silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 13, 2006
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.
May 6, 2006
Billy Wilder's film strikes several different notes: it's comic, dramatic, suspenseful and touching in turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2006
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.
February 9, 2006
A fascinating film.
March 30, 2005
Taut drama, a real surprise, considering Wilder directs.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 17, 2005
Grimly hilarious, subversive and defiant, rough around the edges, and more than a little sad.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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