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Stalag 17 back to product details

Source Material for Chicken Run, Animaniacs, et. al.
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written by carolynsearches October 3, 2003 - 9:57 PM PDT
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Ok, I only saw a few scenes on cable yesterday. And I was intrigued enough to rent the film (yes, its in my queue). But, I have to say, "where have you been?!?" to the prior reviewer. Of course, Hogan's Heroes was based upon Stalag 17 -- everyone knows that (apparently NOT everyone). This is a classic. And from what little I've seen of it so far, for good reason. Dude (or dudette), there's a reason why you study great literature (and even sucky literature) in high school, so you're prepped to understand the references of all the post modern stuff. Same goes for film. Do your homework!!!

I'll post an updated review after I've seen it in its entirity.

Sorry Surprise
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written by mcputnam August 2, 2003 - 6:30 AM PDT
1 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I don't get it. I've waited to see this film for a long time, I love Billy Wilder, Holden won an Oscar, Otto Preminger has an acting role as the Commandant. But anyone who has seen the '60s TV series Hogan's Heros will immediately recognize that it was "inspired" by this film, all the silly wrangling over the Geneva Convention, even Sargent Shultz appears, same name, same doofus character. Get it? This is NOT a serious film about Nazi POW camps.

I have to admit I didn't even watch the whole film, so maybe I should't be writing this, but let me tell you why. In the first 1/2 hour or so two prisoners attempt to escape one night and are killed. But that doesn't stop everyone in the barracks from having a grand old time yukkin' it up with Sargent Shultz as he comes in for roll call the next morning. What a laugh-riot that ol' war was, eh?

I found the film, what I watched of it anyway, trite, phoney, and the characters ridiculously caricatured. Maybe at that time the country needed to laugh at the war, at Nazis, and their POW camps, but it just doesn't ring true today.

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