Stalag 17

TitleStalag 17
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1953
AuthorsWilder, Billy
Running Time2h
Date Released05/29/1953
DistributorParamount Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

Stalag 17 is a 1953 American drama war film which tells the story of a group of American airmen held in a German World War II prisoner of war camp. The film was directed and produced by Billy Wilder, who also adapted the screenplay with Edwin Blum from the Broadway play of the same name by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski, which was based on their experiences as prisoners in Stalag 17B in Austria. The film begins with two prisoners who try to escape the compound and are quickly discovered and shot dead. Among the remaining men, suspicion grows that one of their own is a spy for the Germans. All eyes fall on Sgt. Sefton (William Holden) who everybody knows frequently makes exchanges with German guards for small luxuries. To protect himself from a mob of his enraged fellow inmates, Sgt. Sefton resolves to find the true traitor within their midst.

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