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U.S., 1953
Directed by Billy Wilder
Starring William Holden, Otto Preminger
Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzcinski, Edwin Blum
Approx. 120 min. DCP.

William Holden won an Oscar for his portrayal of a cynical hustler suspected of being a German spy in this prison camp comedy-drama. Otto Preminger stole scenes as the German commandant who puts on his boots to answer the phone—even if he couldn’t remember his lines and had to pay off Wilder with jars of caviar.


“Helped change the direction of the war movie.”
– Philip French, The Guardian

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