All Quiet on the Western Front

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Years after directing the classic Marty (1955), Delbert Mann became a creator of prestige TV movie projects, none more daunting than his adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front (1979). Richard Thomas stars as Paul Baumer, a teen who, at the urging of zealously patriotic teacher Kantorek (Donald Pleasence) enthusiastically enlists to fight for Germany in WWI, accompanied by several school chums. After training at the hands of the sadistic Corporal Himmelstoss (Ian Holm), Paul and his friends head for the ...
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Years after directing the classic Marty (1955), Delbert Mann became a creator of prestige TV movie projects, none more daunting than his adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front (1979). Richard Thomas stars as Paul Baumer, a teen who, at the urging of zealously patriotic teacher Kantorek (Donald Pleasence) enthusiastically enlists to fight for Germany in WWI, accompanied by several school chums. After training at the hands of the sadistic Corporal Himmelstoss (Ian Holm), Paul and his friends head for the front. There, they discover that war is a bloody, deadly business, although they are heartened by the presence of their commander, wily veteran Stanislaus Katczinsky (Ernest Borgnine). When a French soldier jumps into the bomb crater where Paul has taken refuge one night, he is forced to stab the enemy, then must watch the man die in agony. This incident and the violent deaths of his friends convince Paul that war is a senseless exercise. One of the most respected anti-war novels ever written, the book resulted in the German citizenship of author Erich Maria Remarque being revoked by the Nazi Party. Though a 1930 film adaptation by Lewis Milestone was widely beloved by fans of cinema and the source material, Mann's TV movie was well received, earning a Golden Globe and Emmys for Borgnine and Patricia Neal, who played Paul's mother.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2000
  • UPC: 013023035096
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 2:11:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Thomas Paul Baumer
Donald Pleasence Kantorek
Patricia Neal Paul's Mother
Ian Holm Himmelstoss
Ernest Borgnine Stanislaus Katczinsky
Technical Credits
Delbert Mann Director
John Coquillon Cinematographer
Allyn Ferguson Score Composer
Paul Monash Screenwriter
Alan Pattillo Editor
Norman Rosemont Producer
Martin Starger Executive Producer
John Stoll Production Designer
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Scene Index

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0. Chapter Listings
1. Opening Credits [2:17]
2. Introductions [2:04]
3. Trench Warfare [4:26]
4. Mental Preparation [5:04]
5. Hospital Visit [7:08]
6. Enlistment [3:45]
7. Himmelstoss [6:10]
8. Retribution [5:21]
9. To the Front [5:43]
10. A Year Later [8:32]
11. New Recruits [7:57]
12. French Attack [3:32]
13. Killing a French Soldier [9:21]
14. Commendations [4:00]
15. Rendezvous [8:11]
16. Deadly Attack [5:38]
17. Catholic Infirmary [5:08]
18. Going Home [7:36]
19. Difficult Conversations [7:19]
20. A Changed Man [3:21]
21. Return to the Front [4:02]
22. Heavy Burdens [5:48]
23. All Quiet on the Western Front [3:54]
24. End Credits [1:59]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    World War I movie

    This is a very good movie which offers two perspectives on World War I and can be used to stimulate discussion and a comparison to more modern wars. It shows the influence of the nationalistic movement in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Accurately Portrays War.

    This movie accurately portrayed war. All the deppressing details. In one scene, the protagonist is hiding in a bomb crater, and stabs a French soldier who falls in. He stays with the still moaning body all night, and finally kills him. In another scene, a patient in a convent turned military hospital, a person tries to kill himself, and is taken to the "dying room", where severly wounded soldiers are left to die. The movie's plot was a bit slow in getting started. This is a VERY deppressing movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    This is a story of the Great War and the promising generation destroyed by it. The purpose of this movie is to show that war is a horrible, nasty buisness, never to be glorified. The best hope we can have is to remember the mistakes of the past, educate and inform the masses, so we at least have a chance of not repeating history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All Quiet on the Movie Front

    All Quiet on the Western Front is one of the best movies of all time. It shows what WW I (the war to end all wars) did to many people, and it shows it from the point of view from the Germans. One of the great things about the later adaptation of the wonderful story is the battle scenes in which the camera spans through the battlefield. The movie of course has two of my favorite scenes in film. The first being where Paul is hiding and the French soldier gets into his trench and Paul is forced to stab him. It is here that he realizes how much he hates war as he is forced to watch the French soldier's slow and agonizing death. The second being the infamous scene where he reaches out of his trench to touch a butterfly and is shot by the opposing side. The later version is good but for some movie fanatics the 1930 version might suit them more.

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    Posted June 19, 2010

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