All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Director: Lewis Milestone Cast: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray

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Overview

One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the harsh realities of combat. Director Lewis Milestone pioneered the use of the sweeping crane shot to capture a ghastly battlefield panorama of death and mud, and the cast, led by Lew Ayres, is terrific. It's hard to pick a favorite scene, but the finale, as Ayres stretches from his trench to catch a butterfly, is one of the most devastating sequences of the decade. The film won Oscars for Best Picture and for Milestone's direction -- and trivia buffs should note that the actors were coached by future luminary George Cukor, while Ayres became a conscientious objector in World War II. The Road Back (1937) followed, and the film was remade for television in 1979.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2007
UPC: 0025193236821
Original Release: 1930
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:12:00
Sales rank: 7,725

Special Features

Exclusive introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne; Theatrical trailer; Bonus features not rated, not all subtitled

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lew Ayres Paul Baumer
Louis Wolheim Katczinsky
John Wray Himmelstoss
Raymond Griffith Gerard Duval
George "Slim" Summerville Tjaden
Scott Kolk Leer
Walter Browne Rogers Behm
Ben Alexander Kemmerick
Owen Davis Peter
Harold Goodwin Detering
G. Pat Collins Lieutenant Bertinck
Richard Alexander Westhus
Arnold Lucy Professor Kantorek
Edmund Breese Herr Mayer
Bill Irving Ginger
Marion Clayton Miss Baumer
Beryl Mercer Mrs. Baumer
Edwin Maxwell Mr. Baumer
Yola D'Avril Suzanne
Bertha Mann Sister Libertine
Joan Marsh Poster Girl

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director

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All Quiet on the Western Front 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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treeAR More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy this book very much. However, I did find it confusing and boring at parts in which I could not follow. But I liked this book because it was interesting and Paul had a very open and interesting mind about how he viewed war and life. This book showed wonderful insight on how war really is and the effects it has on a person. I usually don't enjoy war novels but this was very capturing and brought many emotions upon me. When Paul loses his friends in the war, you can feel Paul's pain and longing for his close school friends. You can also feel his joy and love for them as they go through adventures and work together to get more food. While this book I got more insight of what war is really like, instead of history books, this showed what soldiers really felt and did in their time at war, fighting and just waiting for the next attack. In this book, I learned many new things about war, such as stargazes to surviving war. What stood out in this book was that I could really picture what was going on in the book and could see what Paul was seeing. This book also used great words and was interesting due to the fact that there were flashbacks from Paul's life which helped create his character more. The only thing I would probably say this book lacked was describing Paul well in the beginning of the book; I didn't know his name until much later in the book and that sometimes the book went too deep into explaining things, over and over. I would probably recommend this book to any age, because the reading wasn't exactly super easy, but decent.
seattle1985 More than 1 year ago
An incredible movie about how War affects the mind of a young group of boys, one in paticular. When the main character and his friends enlist, they are so excited for honor and glory, but then the reality of war sets in on them. This movie was made so soon after world war 1 that you can really still see the toil it took on people. All of the people in the movie actually lived through the era they are depicting. The acting is fantastic and I dare you not to tear up several times during the movie. I think the scene that shows the interaction between the main character and an enemy soldier in a bomb crater should be shown to anyone who is thinking about going to war.
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