Based on a successful Broadway play written by ex-inmates of Stalag 17B, Wilder’s exquisitely detailed and sardonic adaptation provides a fascinating insight into the camaraderie, treachery, comedy and tragedy of prison life.
Set during the intense 1944 Allied bombing campaign, Stalag 17 focuses on a group of American airmen and their attempts to uncover a spy in their midsts. A huge influence on films such as The Great Escape, it turns on the Oscar-winning performance by William Holden as a self-interested, widely distrusted recent arrival who must prove his innocence. With Otto Preminger.
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