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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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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Tom Courtney was offered the Ian Holm part. See more »


Although the film takes place during World War I, in one sequence the soldiers are shown riding in trucks that weren't made until the 1930s. See more »


Muller: Himmelstoss...there's a latrine down the road. Why don't you go take a jump?
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Excellent remake of the Lewis Milestone classic
25 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is difficult to go wrong with such a magnificent story, one of the most affecting literary anatomisations of the tragedy of young men destroyed by war. And yet, this 1979 television remake of the Lewis Milestone original adds many elements to cherish of its own. Most notably, the casting of Richard Thomas, best known for being John-Boy Walton, in the role of Richard Baume. His characterisation is wonderfully profound, and poignant, and the scene in the trench with the French soldier is a virtual masterclass of compassionate acting. Thomas has never become a superstar; and for this reason he is one of an evergrowing army of neglected romantic leading men. The battle scenes are breathlessly exciting; and yet they do not dwell on carnage, and it is to their credit...and yet still they elicit pity and horror from the viewer. The music is magnificent, the structure craftmanlike, the acting (by Thomas, Borgnine, Holm) superlative, and the work itself suffused through with compassion.......

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