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All Quiet on the Western Front

Based on Erich Maria Remarque's pacifist novel and renowned as the classic anti-war movie - it details the slow but steady extermination of a group of idealistic young German soldiers in World War I - the film's strength now derives less from its admittedly powerful but highly simplistic utterances about war as waste, than from a generally excellent set of performances (Ayres especially) and an almost total reluctance to follow normal plot structure. It is in fact the often relentless depiction of unflagging warfare and suffering that eventually pummels one into feeling, rather than understanding, the film's message.

Release details

Duration: 138 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Lewis Milestone
Screenwriter: George Abbott, Del Andrews, Maxwell Anderson
Cast: Raymond Griffith
Lew Ayres
Owen Davis Jr
Slim Summerville
William Bakewell
Russell Gleason
Louis Wolheim
John Wray

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Samuel

I just passed by a Barnes and Noble's, browsing for some CD's, when the face of this DVD caught my eye. At first it seemed intriguing, but I was a little reluctant to purchase it after looking at how old it was. I did it anyway, though, and was glad that I did. The emotional weight that this movie carries along with it is incredible, and despite a few funny flaws, the actors carried out superb performances. Six stars.

Samuel

I just passed by a Barnes and Noble's, browsing for some CD's, when the face of this DVD caught my eye. At first it seemed intriguing, but I was a little reluctant to purchase it after looking at how old it was. I did it anyway, though, and was glad that I did. The emotional weight that this movie carries along with it is incredible, and despite a few funny flaws, the actors carried out superb performances. Six stars.