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Situation Hopeless -- But Not Serious (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy , War | 14 January 1966 (France)
During World War II, two Americans are forced to bail out and parachute into a small German town. Herr Frick, being equal parts patriotic and lonely, keeps them as prisoners of war in his ... See full summary »

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Silvia Reinhardt (screenplay), Jan Lustig (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alec Guinness ... Wilhelm Frick
Mike Connors ... Sgt. Lucky Finder (as Michael Connors)
Robert Redford ... Captain Hank Wilson
Anita Höfer ... Edeltraud
Mady Rahl ... Lissie
Paul Dahlke ... Herr Neusel
Frank Wolff ... Quartermaster Master Sergeant
Elisabeth von Molo Elisabeth von Molo ... Wanda
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During World War II, two Americans are forced to bail out and parachute into a small German town. Herr Frick, being equal parts patriotic and lonely, keeps them as prisoners of war in his bomb shelter. While his prisoners go stir crazy, Herr Frick must decide if he's willing to lose their companionship by letting them know the war has ended. Written by Sean Starke <starke@worldcom.com>

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...The wine was fine, the caviar fabulous...Now, how about a girl for my friend...? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lage hoffnungslos - aber nicht ernst See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures,Castle See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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The title is a variation of an old Viennese saying; "The situation is desperate but not serious." A direct influence on the title comes from Billy Wilder's 1961 film One, Two, Three (1961). In it, Jimmy Cagney coaches Horst Buchholz to tell Buchholz's American father-in-law that the situation is "serious but not hopeless." A flustered Buchholz tells his father-in-law, "The situation is hopeless but not serious." See more »

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Remake of Playhouse 90: The Hiding Place (1960) See more »

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Situation Hopeless But Not Serious
Music by Leon Carr
Lyrics by Earl Shuman
Sung by Mady Rahl
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Offbeat.....But entertaining.
11 October 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

An American bomber goes down over Germany during WWII and two of its crew one officer and one sergeant find themselves as captives of a German civilian in his cellar. Alec Guinness, Robert Redford and Mike Connors star in this mid 60's comedy/drama caper. Guinness plays a somewhat milquetoast civilian who decides to hold the duo in his cellar. However once the war ends he fails to release them or alert the authorities opting instead to keep them informed the war is still going on by making up his own news on the conflict. The film lags at certain points but is still an entertaining off beat story.


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