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A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)

On the Russian front in 1944 German Private Ernst Graeber receives a leave and visits his family in Germany but Germany isn't the same country he left behind.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ernst Graeber
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Elizabeth Kruse Graeber (as Lilo Pulver)
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Immerman
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Hermann Boettcher
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Reuter
Erich Maria Remarque ...
Dieter Borsche ...
Captain Rahe
Barbara Rütting ...
Woman Guerrilla
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Oscar Binding
Charles Regnier ...
Joseph
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Frau Lieser
Kurt Meisel ...
Heini
Agnes Windeck ...
Frau Witte
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Sauer
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Political Officer
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Storyline

In 1944, a company of German soldiers on the Russian front are numbed by the horrors and hardships of war when Private Ernst Graeber's long awaited furlough comes through. Back home in Germany, he finds his home bombed. While hopelessly searching for his parents, he meets lovely Elizabeth Kruse, daughter of a political prisoner; together they try to wrest sanity and survival from a world full of hatred. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Born out of the blazing passions of war! See more »

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7 September 1958 (UK)  »

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Will o' the Wisp  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Douglas Sirk and Erich Maria Remarque became close friends during the shooting. Later, in Switzerland, they were even neighbors. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when the platoon is dismissed, one of the soldiers is seen carrying a machine gun on his shoulder. It is clearly visible that there is no barrel inside the barrel shroud. See more »

Quotes

Ernst Graeber: You're more lovely every time I see you. Only this time, you look like the next time.
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Connections

Edited into Raid on Rommel (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

A TIME TO LOVE
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Performed by uncredited blonde in cabaret scene
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A Simple Soldier
30 March 1999 | by (Canyon Lake, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film, beautifully shot, is the tale of a simple soldier falling in love, during trying times. The soldier is German. The struggle is World War II. The setting is Berlin.

1958 was surely a hard year to make such a film. In fact, this film could not be made today. However, this love story was made, with the enemy at the focus. Of course, enemy never crossses the viewer's mind. We are with the protaganist throughout the movie.

In short, this is an important film of significant value. Not because it is about history, but because it is about the redeeming quality of humanity, even if displayed in the setting of our onetime enemy.


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