Stalag 17
Stalag 17 (1953)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1953
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

TIME Magazine

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

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Variety Staff

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.

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Josh Slater-Williams
The Skinny

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

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Tony Sloman
Radio Times

Director Billy Wilder superbly balances elements of drama, satire and comedy, and captures the claustrophobia of camp life.

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James Berardinelli

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

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Noel Murray
AV Club

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.

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Emanuel Levy

William Holden won his first and only Best Actor Oscar for Billy Wilder's vastly entertaining serio comedy set in a POW camp.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A spectacular prison camp drama that relies on an intriguing, compelling mystery while also being quite funny and touching when showing the camaraderie between… More
Reid Volk
A bit silly for WIlder, but overall a great film. Also, Preminger as the Nazi guard...doesn't get much better
Jim Hunter
A group of American POWs discovers that there is an informant in their midst. Kind of a war movie lite, Stalag 17 is more entertaining than moving and more… More
Aj V
This is one of my favourite movies from Wilder, it's a subject that's close to his heart, and is still in the memories of many people: WWII… More
xGary Xx
When a self-serving operator in a WWII prison camp is suspected of collaboration with the enemy, he is forced to uncover the true culprit. Another of Billy… More
Chris Weber
This wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be, as in I wasn't expecting humor, but even thoug hthe portrayal of POW camp life is sanitized in… More