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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

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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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7 September 1958 (UK)  »

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Will o' the Wisp  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Author Erich Maria Remarque's appearance in this film is a rare instance that an actual novelist appears in the filmed adaptation of his own novel. 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

Professor Pohlmann: Without doubt, there would be no need for faith.
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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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Trying to turn "grim" into "glossy"
19 December 2002 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

A Douglas Sirk film from Universal Pictures in 1958 -- this is probably the wrong combination of director, studio, and year for a grim movie about Germany in the last months of World War II. Everything, including John Gavin's well-coiffed hair, looks a bit too "Hollywood."

However, this disconnect between style and substance has its advantages, too, creating an underlying sort of tension which keeps the movie from being labeled a failure.

Watch the supporting cast for Jock Mahoney, Klaus Kinski, and Dana ("Jim") Hutton. Lilo Pulver is an earnest but uncompelling leading lady and John Gavin never looked handsomer. (And that's saying something!) You need to wait about 50 minutes before he takes his shirt off and the resulting scene is disappointingly brief but any sight of The Chest is a cause for celebration.

Point to ponder: would any Hollywood studio risk this kind of ending in today's market?


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