Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious

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Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious
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Directed by Gottfried Reinhardt
Produced by Gottfried Reinhardt
Written by Robert Shaw (novel)
Jan Lustig
Silvia Reinhardt
Starring Alec Guinness
Mike Connors
Robert Redford
Paul Dahlke
Music by Harold Byrne
Leon Carr
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates United States October 13, 1965
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious is a 1965 comedy film starring Alec Guinness, Mike Connors and Robert Redford. It is based on the novel The Hiding Place by Robert Shaw.

The title is a variation of an old Viennese saying; "The situation is desperate but not serious."

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In World War II, two American fliers, Captain Hank Wilson (Robert Redford) and Sergeant Lucky Finder (Mike Connors), are forced to bail out over Germany. They encounter Wilhelm Frick (Alec Guinness), who hides them from the authorities in his cellar. He enjoys their company so much that he does not inform them when the war ends. Instead, he maintains a masquerade to convince his "guests" that Germany is still fighting. Eventually, after seven years, the Americans escape into a peaceful West Germany and find out the truth.

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