Stalag 17 (1953)

7. Stalag 17 (1953)

dir. Billy Wilder

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Despite being a work of fiction, directing legend Billy Wilder’s (Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot) Stalag 17 still ranks high among World War II films.  In the film, William Holden (Sunset Boulevard, The Bridge on the River Kwai) plays an American PoW at an axis powers PoW camp run by the Germans.  Holden’s prisoner character knows how to get things and trade not unlike Red in The Shawshank Redemption.  Holden finds himself accused of killing two fellow prisoners which puts a damper on his dealing operations.  He quickly realizes that to resume his neutrality behind bars, he’ll have to find the traitor himself.

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