January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film 39# of the 47.
Initial Viewing Memories – This was my step-father’s favorite film and after convincing me to watch it in high school, I also became enthralled by the way that this story plays out so poignantly.
“[narrating] Every morning at 6:00 on the dot, they’d have the appell. That’s “roll call” to you. Every barracks had its own alarm clock. Our alarm clock was Feldwebel Schulz. Johann Sebastian Schulz. I understand the Krauts had a composer way back with a “Johann Sebastian” in it. But I can tell you one thing, Schulz was no composer. He was a schweinehund. Was he ever a lousy schweinehund.” – Cookie
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (video, DVD, 28 May 2013, 5 Oct 2014, 24 Aug 2018 and 26 Jan 2020)
Brief Synopsis – American Prisoners of War in a German POW camp must try and figure out who among them is informing on them to their captors.
My Take on it – I have loved this film ever since I first saw it as a kid.
They are able to take a story set in a prisoner of war camp yet still find a way to keep this enjoyable and fun while telling a compelling story.
The film mixes together some very heavy themes with comedy and it works so much better than one might expect which is turn makes it easier to watch and enjoy.
The cast is great and William Holden is superb in the lead role.
He was deservingly awarded an Oscar for Best Actor for his work here.
The characters are developed really well which helps endear them to us especially within the situation that they find themselves in.
The script and dialogue are quite clever and they find ways to keep this story moving at a great pace while making it so much fun and enjoyable o watch how things unfold.
The movie does a great job of throwing subtle jabs at the German enemies in the film while at the same time showing the heroics and humanity of the other characters as they react to all that happens around them.
They describe the situations and conditions that these characters are forced to live in and that helps make us believe things even more.
The way that they are able to weave a clever mystery into the overall story also works really well because it adds to much more to the story which in turn keeps things so much more powerful to watch unfold.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – William Holden never felt he deserved an Oscar for his performance in this film. His wife felt it was to compensate for him not winning for Sunset Blvd. (1950). (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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