All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  War, Drama  |  14 November 1979 (USA)
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.



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A young German soldier's terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanislaus Katczinsky
Paul's Mother
Paul Mark Elliott ...
Josef Behm (as Mark Elliott)
Albert Kropp (as Dai Bradley)
Matthew Evans ...
Friedrich Muller (as Mathew Evans)
George Winter ...
Peter Leer
Mark Drewry ...
Colin Mayes ...
Ewan Stewart ...
Paul's Father
Katerina Lírová ...
Paul's Sister


Paul Baumer is a young German who, along with his graduating high school classmates, enlist in the German Imperial Army during the First World War. Originally thinking war would be a great adventure, Paul and his friends discover exactly the opposite as the war drags on and one by one the members of the class are killed in action until only Paul remains. Written by Anthony Hughes <>

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They left for war as Boys, never to return as men.


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Richard Thomas was 28 when he made the film, making him 10 years older than the character he was portraying. See more »


The color of German uniforms is brown/green. The cut of the uniform used by the main characters is the model "1915 bluse", which was field grey with a field grey or green collar. See more »


Muller: Himmelstoss...there's a latrine down the road. Why don't you go take a jump?
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A Double Rarity: A Good Remake & A Good Made For TV Movie
20 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This version may not be as good as its great predecessor, but it's definitely a fine show on its own. Richard Thomas is very good, if about ten years too old, as the central character, Paul Baumer, who grows from glory seeking school boy to crusty veteran to, finally disillusioned, weary, almost hopeless pawn. Ernest Borgnine is terrific as Kat, the cagey survivor, who takes the youngsters under his wing, teaching them ways to make trench warfare almost tolerable. Ian Holm has a nice turn as Paul's town's postman turned training NCO, who later is transferred to the trenches. The great actress, Patricia Neal, shines in a cameo as Paul's mother. Donald Pleasance is excellent as Paul's patriotic teacher who exhorts Paul and his classmates to enlist. Gradually the grinding attrition of war eliminates Paul's classmates and the old sweats, until the famous final scene, when so little happened that day that the war entry was "All quiet on the Western Front." Most of the scenes in the original are presented here, a few additions and a couple deletions. The color cinematography is nicely done. Well worth a look as either a comparison or companion to the 1930 original.

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