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
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Filmed largely in Czechoslovakia, one of the first US/UK productions to be shot in what was then a Communist Bloc country. See more »
After the scene when Leer dies it shows the Germans in their trench and they all have mud on their helmets. It then shows Westhaus and his helmet is clean, but it is muddy again in the next scene when he is shot exiting the trench and falls back into two of his fellow soldiers. See more »
[to a dying Frenchman]
If we threw away the guns, the grenades - we could have been brothers, but they never want us to know that.
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One of the Few WWI films around and very good at that
I remembered watching this film in college and got it for my daughter when she was studying WWI. This movie really took advantage of a great opportunity: Teaming Richard Thomas and Ernst Borgnine while they were both still young enough for the parts! Thomas is wonderful, as he always is; but it's Borgnine you remember most as the old soldier, Kat. It is a great story and very well-acted. Just an interesting aside is the appearance of Patricia Neal as the young soldier, Paul's, mother. Patricia Neal portrayed Olivia Walton in the pilot episode of THE WALTONS (THE HOMECOMING); so it was interesting to see she and Thomas as mother and son again. Definitely recommended.
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