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Release Date:
3 February 1935 (USA) See more »
This powerful anti-war film statement focuses on the plight of a German unit in World War I that finds itself surrounded by British and French forces. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Ludwig Schmid-Wildy ... Hans Steinbauer
Beppo Brem ... Girgl
Max Zankl ... Heiner
Hans Pössenbacher ... Anderl
Karl Hanft ... Martl
Heinz Evelt ... Max (as Hein Evelt)
Hans Erich Pfleger ... Karl + Capitaine
Georg Emmerling ... Gustl
Toni Eggert ... Toni
Albert Penzkofer ... Der Unteroffizier
Ludwig Ten Cloot ... Der Kompanieführer (as Ludwig ten Kloot)
Hans Schaudinn ... Der Feldwebel
Hans Franz Pokorny ... Der Major
Harry Hertzsch ... Der Leutnant
Matthias Olschinsky ... Der General
Eberhard Kreysern ... Der Stabsmajor
Leopold Kerscher ... Der Funker
Peter Labertouche ... Der Engländer
Heinz Burkart ... Colonel
Nestor Lampert ... Sterbender
Georg Heinrich Lange ... Pionier
Hermann Schlott ... Beni
Josef Heilmeier ... Bursche
Franz Wagner ... Sanitäter
Franz Schröder ... Fritz
Karl Müller ... Wolfgang
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emil Matousek ... Michel

Directed by
Ludwig Schmid-Wildy 
Hans Zöberlein 
Writing credits
Hans Zöberlein (novel "Der Glaube an Deutschland")

Franz Adam  manuscript and screenplay
Marian Kolb  manuscript and screenplay
Hans Zöberlein  manuscript and screenplay

Produced by
Franz Adam .... producer
Franz Geretshauser .... producer
Alfred Oberlindober .... producer
Hans Zöberlein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Franz Adam 
Cinematography by
Karl Buhlmann 
Hans Dittmann 
Karl Hasselmann 
Franz Seyr  (as Bertl Seyr)
Gustl A. Weiss 
Josef Wirsching 
Ludwig Zahn 
Film Editing by
Carl Otto Bartning 
Else Baum 
Martha Dübber 
Art Direction by
Albert Reich 
Hans Zöberlein 
Production Management
Marian Kolb .... production leader
Sound Department
Franz Adam .... sound
Eugen Hrich .... sound
Siegfried Schulz .... sound
Music Department
Franz Adam .... conductor: N.S. Reichssymphonieorchester

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Also Known As:
"Stoßtrupp 1917" - Germany (original title)
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118 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
Germany:(Banned) (since 1990) | West Germany:(Banned) (1945-1990)


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Hell on Earth : The Western Front, 3 December 2015
Author: gordonl56 from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

"Stosstrupp 1917" 1934

This excellent German film is about a battalion of the new "Storm troops" that were being employed on the Western Front in 1917. These units were trained to use infiltration tactics, instead of the human wave attacks that the armies of the time used. They would closely follow a "creeping" artillery barrage, then rush through the Allied lines bypassing any strong-points. These tactics proved highly successful and were used to great effect during trench raids. They were also the main reason for the early German breakthroughs during the German Spring Attacks of 1918.

This film follows one of these specialist battalions as they are moved from one trouble spot of the front, to another. They start off battling the French before having to deal with various British, Scottish and Canadian units. Attack and counter-attack is the order of the day here.

The non-stop artillery fire is absolutely frightening. All day and all night the shells fall, making everything look like a lunar landscape. The mud, rain, and the masses of unburied dead are all shown here. The only place with any kind of safety for the men is when they are in the deep underground bunkers. And these can become a death trap if there is a direct hit.

This film is a polar opposite to films like "All Quiet on the Western Front." While not a flag waver by any means. It has a rather darker tone with the men knowing that death could come at any moment.

The use of real munitions can be seen in more than a few scenes. I would be amazed if no one was killed, or seriously hurt during the production. It is hands down the most realistic World War One film about trench warfare I have seen.

118 minutes of hell on earth. Well worth seeing if you can find it.

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