Stalag 17 Is A Great Movie, With An Even Better Ending

In My Humble Opinion: There have been many great endings in cinema; The Usual Suspects, The Sixth Sense, Ocean’s 11, No Way Out, Rocky, The Wrestler, really the list could go on (feel free to tell me any you think are deserving).  One that I always particularly cared for was the ending to Stalag 17.  If you’ve never seen the movie, you should check it out.  It’s an older movie, came out in 1953, but still holds up today.  The movie is just the right mix of comedy and drama, not to mention the performance by William Holden as Sgt. J.J. Sefton is nothing short of remarkable (after all he did win an Oscar).  It’s probably one of the first instances when you either love the character or hate him…and if you hate him, you still kinda like him.  The funny think about his role in the film is that he didn’t want to take the part initially, but he was under contract with Paramount and had to do it.  I’m reminded of the line John Travolta’s Chili Palmer uses in Get Shorty, “Sometimes you do your best work when you’ve got a gun to your head.”  After all, Chili Palmer was talking about a role Orson Welles had to do when he delivered the line.  Anyway, the film is about POW’s during World War 2 and what life was like in Stalag 17, a German POW camp.  It opens with a daring escape attempt that ultimately fails.  Why you ask?  Because there is a German spy pretending to be one of the POW’s in order to get information….and the film just gets better and better as it goes on.  I encourage you to check it out in its entirety but if you’d like to see the end and how good ole Sgt. Sefton flushes out the stoolie please feel free to view the two videos below.  After all, the best line of the entire movie is delivered within the last 10 minutes….if you watch I’m sure you’ll catch the one I’m thinking about.  Enjoy…..



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