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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:
Probably the greatest war film ever made 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 the first classroom scene, two phrases are written on the blackboard: 1. in Greek, correctly written, the beginning of the Odyssey - Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, polytropon hos mala polla (the sentence breaks off, against grammar and sense); 2. Ovid, Remedia amoris, line 91 - Principiis obsta, sero medicina paratur (Resist the first elements [of passion]; it's too late when you resort to medicine). A third phrase appears at the end of the scene: Quidquid agis, prudenter agas et respice finem (Whatever you do, do it wisely and keep in mind your purpose), an anonymous traditional maxim with biblical echoes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Paul talks to the dead soldier in the pit, the soldier is breathing visibly and at one point his eyes blink.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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (2008) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
All Quiet on the Western FrontSee more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Probably the greatest war film ever made, 7 February 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

The film begins in a classroom. Outside, martial music is blaring and the professor inside the room is lecturing the boys about their duty to the Fatherland and encouraging them all to as a group in the German army at the outbreak of WWI. The film is exceptional in how it captures the enthusiasm and naiveté of the boys--as they imagine glory awaiting them after they enlist! Even in boot camp, the mood is light and the new recruits are excited about seeing their first action. This perfectly sets the stage for the actual war--not the sanitized or "fun" war of many films but the hellish and pointless mess that was WWI. The rest of the film is brutally honest and harsh and shows how the students die off one-by-one and the remaining students become more and more jaded and emotionally dead due to the fighting.

I love this film and strongly recommend it to anyone who considers themselves to be a film buff. Part of my love of the film is because it was made relatively shortly after the war and the uniforms, trucks, etc. all appear correct for the period. Many years later, a made for TV version of this film appeared with Ernest Borgnine and Richard Thomas. It, too, was excellent but also was perhaps a bit too polished and pretty--lacking some of the grit of the original. Great acting, direction and production all made this original THE best of the anti-war films of the 1920s and 30s.

Other similar great movies I strongly recommend are J'ACCUSE (French), WESTFRONT 1918 (German), THE BIG PARADE (USA--silent) and THE EAGLE AND THE HAWK (USA). All excel at portraying war in a truthful and non-glamorized manner--it's just a shame that their impact of the world as a whole was negligible--particularly in Germany--where Fascism would soon replace the anti-war sentiment of the book ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT. In fact, his books and this film were banned once the Nazis came to power just a few years later.

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