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Release Date:
24 August 1930 (USA) See more »
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At last....the motion picture!
Plot:
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A detailed and thought-provoking account of war See more (187 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Louis Wolheim ... Kat

Lew Ayres ... Paul (as Lewis Ayres)

John Wray ... Himmelstoss
Arnold Lucy ... Kantorek

Ben Alexander ... Kemmerich (as Kemmerick)
Scott Kolk ... Leer
Owen Davis Jr. ... Peter
Walter Rogers ... Behn (as Walter Browne Rogers)

William Bakewell ... Albert

Russell Gleason ... Mueller
Richard Alexander ... Westhus
Harold Goodwin ... Detering

Slim Summerville ... Tjaden (as 'Slim' Summerville)

G. Pat Collins ... Bertinck (as Pat Collins)
Beryl Mercer ... Paul's Mother
Edmund Breese ... Herr Meyer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Zasu Pitts ... Frau Bäumer - Silent Version Trailer only (scenes deleted)
Ernie Adams ... 2nd Medic Orderly (uncredited)
Marion Clayton Anderson ... Anna Bäumer (uncredited)
Poupée Andriot ... French Girl (uncredited)
Vince Barnett ... Assistant Cook (uncredited)
Daisy Belmore ... Frau Kemmerick (uncredited)
Glen Boles ... Young Soldier (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... Joseph Hammacher (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... Suzanne (uncredited)
Renée Damonde ... French Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Gardner ... Student (uncredited)
Raymond Griffith ... Gérard Duval (uncredited)
Ellen Hall ... Young Girl (uncredited)
William Irving ... Ginger - the Cook (uncredited)
Frederick Kohner ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Leichtfried ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom London ... 1st Medic Orderly (uncredited)
Bertha Mann ... Sister Libertine (uncredited)

Joan Marsh ... Poster Girl (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Herr Bäumer (uncredited)
Jack McHugh ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Bodil Rosing ... Mother of Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Wolfgang Staudte ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Sutherland ... Minor Role (uncredited)
David Tyrell ... Soldier (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Charwoman (uncredited)

Fred Zinnemann ... German soldier / French ambulance driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Milestone 
 
Writing credits
Erich Maria Remarque (by)

Maxwell Anderson (adaptation & dialogue)

George Abbott (screen play)

Del Andrews (adaptation)

C. Gardner Sullivan (supervising story chief)

Walter Anthony  titles for silent version (uncredited)
Lewis Milestone  uncredited

Produced by
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sam Perry (silent version) (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (silent version) (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson 
Karl Freund (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Edgar Adams (film editor)
Milton Carruth (silent version)
Edward L. Cahn (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
William R. Schmidt  (as W.R. Schmitt)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Watt .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor
William Hedgcock .... sound technician (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Frank H. Booth .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Harry Lonsdale .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Gaudio .... camera operator: second camera (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert H. Wagner .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Broekman .... synchronization
Maurice Pivar .... supervising film editor
 
Music Department
David Broekman .... music supervisor: synchronization and score
William Axt .... composer: stock music (silent version) (uncredited)
Giuseppe Becce .... composer: stock music (silent version) (uncredited)
Adolph Fink .... orchestrator (non-dialogue version) (uncredited)
Hugo Frey .... composer: stock music (silent version ) (uncredited)
Arthur Honegger .... composer: stock music (silent version ) (uncredited)
Christiaan Kreins .... composer: stock music (silent version ) (uncredited)
Sam Perry .... music adaptor (silent version) (uncredited)
Andor Pinter .... orchestrator (non-dialogue version) (uncredited)
Erno Rapee .... composer: stock music (silent version) (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... conductor (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... musical adaptation (uncredited)
Domenico Savino .... composer: stock music (silent version ) (uncredited)
William Schiller .... orchestrator (non-dialogue version) (uncredited)
Meredith Willson .... composer: stock music (silent version) (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
George Cukor .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Lewis Milestone .... hand double: Lew Ayres (uncredited)
Hans von Morhart .... advisor: military history (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
UK:145 min (cut) | UK:147 min (BBFC submission before censorship) | Germany:136 min | USA:133 min (restored version: Library of Congress) | 138 min (copyright length) | Spain:128 min (DVD edition) | USA:101 min (TV version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Austria:(Banned) (1931-1945) | Germany:(Banned) (1931-1945) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:14 (re-rating) (1959) | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1946) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1931) | New Zealand:(Banned) (original rating) (1930) | Norway:16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2003) (uncut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

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Trivia:
In part because of his experience in playing the part of Paul Baumer, Lew Ayres became a conscientious objector during the Second World War. His films were banned in over 100 Chicago theaters.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When going to their first battle, while the young soldier is talking to Kat, the young soldier's bag switches from being across his chest with his hands by his side to his bag not being there and his right arm holding his scarf between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Man cleaning doorknob:Thirty thousand.
Maid:From the Russians?
Man cleaning doorknob:No, from the French. From the Russians we capture more than that every day.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Machine (2007)See more »
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44 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
A detailed and thought-provoking account of war, 4 January 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

Before watching this epic masterpiece, I never quite understood what it is that makes people want to fight a war that was started by some politician, and after watching this film; I'm even more baffled. With it's ambiguous portrait of war, All Quiet on the Western Front never actually condemns (nor condones) the act of war, but through it's portrait; the anti-war message more than shine through. Multiple scenes show the hideousness of war, and through watching this film it becomes apparent that war is futile and a disgraceful waste of human life. We follow the (mis)fortune of a group of young adults who, due to the patriotic words of their teacher, decide to join the war effort. The rest of the film pans out as a sort of coming of age story in the middle of a great feud. We watch the protagonists as they stare death in the face and learn what is and isn't important when you risk your life at every passing moment.

This was one of the first films to announce America as a major film-making nation as with it's epic battle sequences and first class acting, All Quiet on the Western Front impresses on a technical level, as well as impressing with it's detailed and thought-provoking account of war. The film features numerous excellent scenarios, all of which are thought provoking in the context of the film, but also in life on the whole. Consider the part where one young man is told that maths problems are a waste of time as he could stop a bullet at any time, or the sequence that sees a soldier try to save the life of his fellow man that he has stabbed in the stomach (a French soldier, but still a fellow man). Not to mention the classy finish. Whichever way you look at it; this film is a masterpiece. It succeeds on a technical level and also does what films were created to do; entertain and inspire thought from their audiences. There are some films that every film buff must see regardless of their genre preferences. This is one of them.

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