William Holden won an Oscar® for his portrayal of a cynical hustler suspected of being a German spy in this POW drama, adapted from a Broadway hit. Into the drama, director Billy Wilder blends his signature comedic touch to show the monotony and angst of prison life. Otto Preminger (despite the fact that he couldn't remember his lines) pulls off a superb performance as the Nazi commandant who puts on his boots to answer the phone. DIR/SCR/PROD Billy Wilder; SCR Edwin Blum. U.S., 1953, b&w, 121 min. NOT RATED
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