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I was really excited to see this, since I knew it was the seed of inspiration for my favorite series Hogan's Heroes. The similarities are astounding - from a tubby guard named Schultz to the "no escape" record of the Kommandant to the fraternizing and trading between prisoners and Germans. It was humorously incredible!
But the movie was as well, standing on its own. The opening scene with the overview of the huge prison camp really let us know what we were in for. I loved that they made a movie out of this concept. War and other dark subjects are frequently expounded and explained on film; the plight, struggles, hope, and humor of prisoners of war should get their share of attention from a civilian world that so often is ignorant of these military realities. A little introduction to this world can easily lead to more research, greater appreciation, and perhaps even a lifelong study (as what happened with me for my WWII appreciation, courtesy Hogan's Heroes).
But on with the movie - I was really surprised by the rich combination of drama and humor, laughter and poignancy, and of the brief character studies of many of the occupants of Barracks 4. Robert Strauss (as "Animal") and Harvey Lembeck (as Shapiro) really stole the show; their characters and acting really shine. The plot picks up about halfway through the film and doesn't let up from there. There are many memorable scenes (getting to the Russian women), laugh-out-loud moments (the reading of Mein Kamph), and heart-clutching moments (the lieutenant's interrogation).
The Collector Edition's accompanying mini-documentary on the real POWs of Stalag 17 puts the film in perspective and really made me appreciate what they went through.
Overall, a fantastic movie - rich and richly acted.
10 years 4 months ago
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Certainly a deep, moving movie with powerful characters, an engaging plot, and gradual, surprising revelations about everyone's motive and meaning. The film includes several musical numbers, yet it remarkably maintains a dark, serious theme throughout by keeping these songs to real-life contexts, like stage rehearsals and recordings. A very clever mix of high, stark drama and song. Especially interesting was how the flashback scene appeared so light and happy, like those genre musicals and films of the 40s and 50s, yet once the flashback ended, we are thrust again into the very real, rough world of Frank Elgin and his wife. A fascinating contrast that makes one see both sides of the picture.
Quite interesting, as well, to see Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly so unglamorous and deep. No wonder she won Best Actress and he was nominated for Best Actor. A very fulfilling movie, with a great cast and worthwhile themes.
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10 years 4 months ago
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What a beautiful film celebrating beautiful people, beautiful on the inside, of course - their strength of character and sense of family and duty. A meaningful film that aims at your heart and wins over your soul.
10 years 5 months ago
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Hilarious! I actually love the "dated" comedy - the communists, capitalist, and the odd German joke. It's so fast-moving, too, in the end. Fantastic!
10 years 5 months ago
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Great little show, and Errol Flynn is always so dashing. Flynn's sidekick was adorable and the dancing girls' songs are catchy. Though I have to note, it's must have been somewhat radical in its time, with Havilland playing a working girl at one point. This was 1939, before the influx of women during World War II.
10 years 6 months ago
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Oh the feeling, the power, the love! The acting, grade A; the dialogue, scrumptious; the incredible sincerity and honesty, riveting to say the least. Such intimacy between the Queen and Essex -- so real. It was as if the two of them were just talking to one another, without the cameras or the lights. It was that real. The complexities of character and circumstance further deepened their relationship and the quality of the movie. Grade A. Would watch again for sure.
10 years 6 months ago
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Nice to see Flynn in a more serious role. Great action and plot. Love the tables turning - perfect! The love/hate between him and deHavilland was sparkling!
10 years 6 months ago
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Such a simple little story, yet so enlightening and real. The close perspective of these insignificant privates made a stark contrast to the high-riding generals and other commanders. It was wonderfully personal, and I loved the close portrayal.

But the fact that Bill Mauldin, the WWII cartoonist, and Audie Murphy, the most decorated WWII hero, played the principle characters never left me. These were real soldiers, not mere actors. Yet they were so young, such boys. That added a very real realism to the film, making it one of my favorites.
10 years 6 months ago
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A definite favorite for me. This movie showed me the many facets of the home front during World War II. It moved me with sweetness, humor, tragedy, love, and hope. The film’s theme echoed through every scene. I loved how the camera passed people in crowd scenes, it paused briefly to give ear to their individual lives as they spoke.

And it was all so real. In this movie, there isn’t that and-it-all-worked-out feel. People miss trains, romances cannot be fulfilled, triumphs are small and unglorified, loss is real, and expectations are not always fulfilled so grandly. The relationships are unique, not cliché, and very much like what you’d find in real life.

Tears have never felt so wonderful when you are filled with inspiration and hope.
10 years 6 months ago
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Such a moving film, filled with an everyday-ness, yet a larger-than-life optimism and hope. It makes the victims of the Nazi regime so real and personal, and it makes the slow advance of the Allies so decidedly needed to their deliverance.
The ending was so terribly poignant. In all the film's sadness, mingled with its humor, its happiness, its love and squabbles, climaxing in an array of such victorious music -- the only word for this film is beautiful.
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