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 (de)
Silvia Reinhardt
Starring Alec Guinness
Mike Connors
Robert Redford
Paul Dahlke
Music by Harold Byrne
Leon Carr
Cinematography Kurt Hasse
Edited by Walter Boos
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • October 13, 1965 (1965-10-13)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious is a 1965 comedy film directed by Gottfried Reinhardt and 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."


In World War II, two American fliers, Captain Hank Wilson and Sergeant Lucky Finder, are forced to bail out over Germany. They encounter Wilhelm Frick, 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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