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Stalag Luft (1993)

During WW2, after the 'ingenious' desertion of the German guards, the Allied prisoners of a POW camp decide to remain in the camp, some masquerading as German guards, in order to fool the frequent SS inspections.

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Adrian Shergold

Writer:

David Nobbs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Fry ... Wing Commander James Forrester
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... 'Chump' Cosgrove
Geoffrey Palmer ... The Kommandant
Sam Kelly ... Adolf Hitler
David Bamber ... The Prof
Hugh Bonneville ... Sqdn. Ldr. Barton (as Richard Bonneville)
Marston Bloom Marston Bloom ... 'Einstein' Price Egerton
Todd Boyce ... 'Owly' Morrison
Roger Hyams Roger Hyams ... 'Izzy' Levinson
Wayne Cater Wayne Cater ... 'Shorty' Evans
Benedick Blythe ... Oberst Von Steffenberg
Simon Donald ... 'Haggis' Barrington
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... Donaldson
Henry Webster Henry Webster ... Holmes
Pavel Bavolets Pavel Bavolets ... Stefan
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During World War II, some Commonwealth prisoners are trying to escape from a German prison camp. Because they are old and weak, the Germans decide to escape with them. Just after the Germans are outside, the prisoners take control of the camp. Some will act as prisoners, some as Germans. Written by Pierre Côté <pbcote@hotmail.com>

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The zany and hilarious antics of British P.O.W.s desperately trying for the great escape.

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Evasión número 24 See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Modestly funny but way too long
13 August 2010 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

This Yorkshire TV made-for-telly movie is written by one of the most prolific Brit-com writers of all, David Nobbs. Maybe that's why it all seems to me like a 30-minute episode of a show that didn't know when to stop.

There are definitely funny moments here, and Nobbs moves the plot along by putting mammoth twists in the plot about every 20 minutes. But honestly, an hour would have been plenty to put across this material. 100 minutes is excruciating.

It's all played out, as someone else has mentioned, like Animal Farm meets Great Escape, with a few dashes of Hogan's Heroes for good measure.

Stephen Fry and Geoffrey Palmer are quite good, as are some of the supporting cast. Fry is more or less reprising his character from Blackadder IV; the pompous officer who won't listen to anyone else. But be warned, this plot is thinned out almost as badly as soup in the Stalag.


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