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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 »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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(219 articles)
The Definitive War Movies: 10-1
 (From SoundOnSight. 2 July 2014, 8:30 AM, PDT)

BBC Commemorates World War I With Four Years of Programming
 (From Variety - TV News. 27 June 2014, 10:00 AM, PDT)

Blu-ray, DVD Release: Arch of Triumph
 (From Disc Dish. 13 June 2014, 8:50 PM, PDT)

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A moving and durable WWI classic 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 ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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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)
 
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:
According to the reminiscences of director Lewis Milestone, audiences laughed when Zasu Pitts appeared as the mother in the original cut (sound version), and that is why he recast the role with Beryl Mercer.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When the young recruits go out on their first patrol, to add to the barb wire entanglement; the veteran uses a mallet to drive the post into the ground. While the movie went to the trouble to have the right kind of post they used it completely wrong. That post was developed by the Germans to allow them to put up barbed wire much more quietly then the Allies. The bottom portion of each post is twisted into an auger; this allowed the soldiers to simply put the post on the ground; put a rod through one of the holes in the post and screw it into the ground. This was one of innovations that the Allies copied. Both sides had listening posts near the wire on their sides to listen for infiltrators and wire crews; once detected they would be cut to pieces by machines guy or mortar fire.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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82 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
A moving and durable WWI classic, 20 November 2004
Author: soymilk from East Anglia, UK

As I write, this is probably the oldest film I've currently seen (I haven't seen too many flicks pre-1950s - shameful, I know), but one that still holds astonishingly well to this day; a poignant and hard-hitting anti-war drama that details life in the German side of the trenches of WWI, it has lost none of its knuckle since it first veered onto the screens nearly 75 years ago. It makes its point and pulls no punches doing so, illustrating the impersonal coldness of war and the desolation in rendering an 'enemy' of someone who you'd really have no issues with on an individual basis. This message is particularly well-captured in one especially harrowing scene - I won't divulge in the details, for the sake of those still yet to witness this masterpiece, but needless to say, it's a real tear-jerker. The war depicted here is not one of glory and heroism, but one of hardship, horror and desperation.

(Also, isn't it kinda eerie how those dramatic battle sequences, in which the opposing soldiers become little more than human targets, now, with retrospect, echo the vicious gameplay of a shoot-em-up video game?)

The only really noticeable problem with this film comes in the heavy use of US accents, which clash somewhat with the German setting and therefore sound just a little offbeat. Nonetheless, the well-assembled cast more than compensate with some truly impassioned performances, notably from Lew Ayres, who is simply brilliant as Paul, the young protagonist coming of age in this harsh environment. His friendship with long-time solider Katczinsky adds moments of warmth as well as sorrow, and the dialogue exchanged between the close-knit group of soldiers is both absorbing and believable, drawing you closer into their world and experiencing their own frustration and disillusionment along with them. Right from the start, we know what's inevitable for the optimistic young soldiers as they head out to the trenches, but at the same time we value their hope and innocence and yearn that they might be able to retain it all the same, making it all the more tragic as the events of the battlefield lay waste to their youthful spirits.

With its gripping direction and powerful imagery, it's a film that manages to leave a considerable imprint on the viewer, and I speak from experience on that one - upon reaching the end, both myself and the entire party I viewed it with were left speechless, and it took a good couple of minutes before any of us could pluck up the courage to break that uneasy silence. I don't know for sure when I'll be up for watching it a second time, but that final feeling certainly won't be going away from me any time soon, and I can almost guarantee this the kind of film you'll be glad for watching at least once. 'All Quiet on the Western Front' remains one of the must-see movies of its decade, and it's easy to see why, after all this time, it still has such a firm hold on that classic status - it may have arrived on the scene as far back as 1930, but its emotive edge is timeless.

Grade: A+

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