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Paths of Glory -- In the third year of World War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified "Ant Hill" from the Germans. General Mireau (George MacReady) knows that this action will be suicidal, but he will sacrifice his men to enhance his own reputation. Against his better judgment, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) leads the charge, and the results are appalling.  After the defeat, Mireau cannot admit to himself that the attack was a bad idea from the outset: he convinces himself that loss of Ant Hill was due to the cowardice of his men. Mireau demands that three soldiers be selected by lot to be executed as an example to rest of the troops.  This powerful, fact-based absurdity-of-war film was banned outright in France for several years.
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Director:
Writers:
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) &
Calder Willingham (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 October 1957 (West Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Never has the screen thrust so deeply into the guts of war! See more »
Plot:
When soldiers in World War I refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superior officers decide to make an example of them. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An Anti-War Masterpiece See more (337 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Col. Dax

Ralph Meeker ... Cpl. Philippe Paris

Adolphe Menjou ... Gen. George Broulard

George Macready ... Gen. Paul Mireau

Wayne Morris ... Lt. Roget

Richard Anderson ... Maj. Saint-Auban

Joe Turkel ... Pvt. Pierre Arnaud (as Joseph Turkel)
Christiane Kubrick ... German Singer (as Susanne Christian)
Jerry Hausner ... Proprietor of Cafe
Peter Capell ... Narrator of Opening Sequence / Chief Judge of Court-Martial
Emile Meyer ... Father Dupree

Bert Freed ... Sgt. Boulanger
Kem Dibbs ... Pvt. Lejeune

Timothy Carey ... Pvt. Maurice Ferol
Fred Bell ... Shell-Shocked Soldier
John Stein ... Capt. Rousseau - Battery Commander
Harold Benedict ... Capt. Nichols - Artillery Spotter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leon Briggs ... Capt. Sancy (uncredited)
Paul Bös ... Maj. Gouderc (uncredited)
Herbert Ellis ... Small Role (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Wally Friedrichs ... Col. De Guerville (uncredited)
Halder Hanson ... Doctor (uncredited)
James B. Harris ... Private in the Attack (uncredited)
Rolf Kralovitz ... K.P. (uncredited)
Ira Moore ... Capt. Renouart (uncredited)
Marshall Rainer ... Pvt. Duval (uncredited)
Roger Vagnoid ... Cafe Owner (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kubrick 
 
Writing credits
Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) &
Calder Willingham (screenplay) and
Jim Thompson (screenplay)

Humphrey Cobb (based on the novel "Paths of Glory" by)

Produced by
James B. Harris .... producer
Kirk Douglas .... producer (uncredited)
Stanley Kubrick .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Gerald Fried 
 
Cinematography by
Georg Krause (photographed by) (as George Krause)
 
Film Editing by
Eva Kroll (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Ludwig Reiber 
 
Costume Design by
Ilse Dubois (costumes designer)
 
Makeup Department
Arthur Schramm .... makeup
 
Production Management
John Pommer .... production manager: American
Helmut Ringelmann .... unit manager
Georg von Block .... production manager: German (as George von Block)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dixie Sensburg .... assistant director (as D. Sensburg)
Franz-Josef Spieker .... assistant director (as F. Spieker)
Hans Stumpf .... assistant director (as H. Stumpf)
 
Sound Department
Martin Müller .... sound
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Erwin Lange .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans Elsinger .... camera grip
Hannes Staudinger .... camera operator
Stanley Kubrick .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Lars Looschen .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Helene Fischer .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Trudy von Trotha .... script clerk
Baron von Waldenfels .... military adviser (as Baron v. Waldenfels)
Sid Stogel .... publicity director (uncredited)
 
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88 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:(Banned) (original rating) | France:U (re-release) | Iceland:L | Ireland:12 | Italy:16+ | Netherlands:12 (2007) (DVD) | Norway:16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Spain:(Banned) (1957-1986) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (2002) | USA:Approved (PCA #18708) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Trivia:
Bryna, Kirk Douglas' production company, hired dozens of German workers to alter several acres into the vast hell of "No Man's Land." They did so by gouging out the crater holes, digging huge ruts and gullies, filling some with water, covering the area with a tangled spider's web of prickly barbed wire, and then planting hundreds of explosives throughout that were to be detonated during the initial attack.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: During the first tracking with Dax in the trenches, the shadow of a boom-mike is visible.See more »
Quotes:
[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...
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Soundtrack:
Der Treue HusarSee more »

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83 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
An Anti-War Masterpiece, 11 May 2004
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In France, in the First World War, the insane and ambitious general Gen. Paul Mireau (George Macready) orders Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) to lead his men in a suicide attack against Germans in the unattainable Ant Hill. After a massacre of the French soldiers, Gen. Mireau orders his artillery to drop bombs between the French front line of attack and the trenches, to avoid the soldier to return to the protection of the trenches. The commander of the French artillery refuses to accomplish the order. Gen. Mireau asks his superior, Gen. George Broulard (Adolphe Menjou), to send three men to Court Martial and execute them for cowardice through shooting, as an example to the other soldiers. Colonel Dax, a former lawyer, defends his men in the unfair trial. Yesterday I watched this outstanding masterpiece for the first time and certainly it is among the best movies of the cinema history. The disgusting story shows the insanity of a war, where men are treated like numbers and not as human beings. The reality of the battles scenes is amazing. The cast has a stunning performance, highlighting the trio George Macready, Adolphe Menjou and Kirk Douglas. The lack of sensibility and respect for the human life and the cynicism in the dialogs of the two generals are fantastic. Two other points that called my attention are the fancy reception for the general staff, while their subalterns are fighting in the front and the misunderstanding of the real intentions of Colonel Dax by Gen. George Broulard. A must-see movie! My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): `Glória Feita de Sangue' (`Glory Made of Blood')

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