This is one of the few films that has the highest rating in nearly any movie book that you might pick up. Music, acting, direction, visuals,and plot are faultless. It never drags even though it's 3 hours long. I know we're not supposed to criticize other reviews, but c'mon, when some retard downgrades this film because he "doesn't like the ending." Well, hey numbnuts, go complain to the Gestapo and Luftwaffe because IT'S BASED ON A TRUE STORY and that's what really happened. Christ, if you wanted a happy ending, they could have cast Doris Day as the Kommandant.