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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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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
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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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Drama | Romance | War

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

When John Gavin takes Liselotte Schmid to the Germania club he leaves his belt and baton at reception. When he returns to the barracks he is wearing the belt and baton. It is unlikely he would retrieve the belt and baton from the bombed out club. See more »

Quotes

Professor Pohlmann: Without doubt, there would be no need for faith.
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A TIME TO LOVE
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Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
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An excellent film that is really not just a war film nor just a romance film.
12 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not one to watch really any film that seems to have romance in it set during war. However, the first time I watched this movie, I was really amazed at how well it was done as well as the most excellent cast for a movie and the realism that it showed. Also, I do not care for films with much romancing in it however, I liked this film and how the romance between a German Soldier and some Fraulein; was shown.

Young German soldier returns to a devastated hometown on leave from the Eastern Front. First he tries to locate his family after discovering their home was destroyed on some bombing raid. Whilst looking for family, he runs into an old professor of his as well as his daughter. During his time on leave, he falls in love with this girl and they eventually get married. Also, the professor had been arrested for some reason and was shucked away to some interrogation center - which really was a Concentration Camp. Sometime later in the movie, this soldier discovers the professors fate.

During his leave, this soldier befriends and teams up with another soldier--who is also looking for a loved one. Don DeFore excellently plays that soldier. Also in the film in memorable roles include: Keenan Wynn as a rich German Corporal, Jock Mahoney as Steinbrenner, a "crack" machine-gunner who is in Gavin's (Graebers) platoon, as well as a very young Dana "Jim" Hutton, as a young German soldier in Graebers platoon.

I do not want to spoil what happens at the end of this movie but will say that Graeber gets sent back to his platoon somewhere on the Eastern Front.

This movie is so good that it really deserves to be released on DVD. It is in color and the sound is excellent.


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