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Paths of Glory (1957)

Approved  |   |  Drama, War  |  25 October 1957 (West Germany)
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Based on the 1935 novel of the same name, it tells the story of an ill-fated assault on German forces by French soldiers, and the grippling consequences those soldiers face when they refuse to follow through with it.



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Top Rated Movies #58 | Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pvt. Pierre Arnaud (as Joseph Turkel)
Christiane Kubrick ...
German Singer (as Susanne Christian)
Jerry Hausner ...
Peter Capell ...
Narrator of Opening Sequence / Chief Judge of Court-Martial
Emile Meyer ...
Kem Dibbs ...
Fred Bell ...
Shell-Shocked Soldier


The futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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25 October 1957 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La patrulla infernal  »

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$935,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Stanley Kubrick:  [faces]  The soldiers, while the German girl is singing. See more »


During the first tracking with Dax in the trenches, the shadow of a boom-mike is visible. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator of opening sequence: War began between Germany and France on August 3rd 1914. Five weeks later the German army had smashed its way to within eighteen miles of Paris. There the battered French miraculously rallied their forces at the Marne River and in a series of unexpected counterattacks drove the Germans back. The front was stabilized then shortly afterwards developed into a continuous line of heavily fortified trenches zigzagging their way five hundred miles from the English Channel to the Swiss ...
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La Marseillaise
(1792) (uncredited)
Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
In the score during the opening credits
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One of the greatest anti-war movies eve
17 December 2003 | by (Las Vegas, NV) – See all my reviews

This movie, along with the original screen version of "All Quiet on the Western Front" must rank as one of the most tragic versions of what war is really like. The arrogance and total disregard for the welfare of the soldier as beautifully portrayed by Menjou and McReady, in opposition to the care and concern of the Colonel so humanly portrayed by Douglas adds to the reality of what the world was like in the days of the "Great War." Additionally, the roles played by Wayne Morris, Ralph Meeker and the self serving aide to McReady add to the greatness of this memorable motion picture. There is no "Viva La France" here.

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