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Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious

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.

Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious
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Directed byGottfried Reinhardt
Produced byGottfried Reinhardt
Written byRobert Shaw (novel)
Jan Lustig [de]
Silvia Reinhardt
StarringAlec Guinness
Mike Connors
Robert Redford
Paul Dahlke
Music byHarold Byrne
Leon Carr
CinematographyKurt Hasse
Edited byWalter Boos
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 13, 1965 (1965-10-13)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

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, they escape into a peaceful West Germany and find out the truth.


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