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981 Ratings

Stalag 17

Directed by Billy Wilder
United States, 1953


When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

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Stalag 17 Directed by Billy Wilder

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1954 | Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1954 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

National Board of Review

1953 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Directors Guild of America

1954 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

The script, based on Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski’s play, doesn’t quite leave its stage origins behind, and at times there is an insularity to the action that isn’t all about prison-camp realism… Still the ensemble acting is very fine, even with Otto Preminger stealing scenes as the sarcastic camp commandant; the thriller elements grip; and the ending leaves the nagging unease that is as close as Wilder got to a trademark.
July 31, 2015

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