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A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)

Approved | | Drama , Romance , War | 4 July 1958 (USA)
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.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

Orin Jannings (screenplay), Erich Maria Remarque (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gavin ... Ernst Graeber
Liselotte Pulver ... Elizabeth Kruse Graeber (as Lilo Pulver)
Jock Mahoney ... Immerman
Don DeFore ... Hermann Boettcher
Keenan Wynn ... Reuter
Erich Maria Remarque ... Professor Pohlmann
Dieter Borsche ... Captain Rahe
Barbara Rütting ... Woman Guerrilla
Thayer David ... Oscar Binding
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Joseph
Dorothea Wieck ... Frau Lieser
Kurt Meisel ... Heini
Agnes Windeck Agnes Windeck ... Frau Witte
Clancy Cooper ... Sauer
John Van Dreelen ... 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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No shame, no law, only love and each other...and the thunder of their pounding hearts... See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

4 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

There's a Time to Love See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was entirely shot in West Germany, with a cast of Germans and Americans. See more »

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

Ernst Graeber: You're more lovely every time I see you. Only this time, you look like the next time.
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Soundtracks

A TIME TO LOVE
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Performed by uncredited blonde in cabaret scene
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Trying to turn "grim" into "glossy"
19 December 2002 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

A Douglas Sirk film from Universal Pictures in 1958 -- this is probably the wrong combination of director, studio, and year for a grim movie about Germany in the last months of World War II. Everything, including John Gavin's well-coiffed hair, looks a bit too "Hollywood."

However, this disconnect between style and substance has its advantages, too, creating an underlying sort of tension which keeps the movie from being labeled a failure.

Watch the supporting cast for Jock Mahoney, Klaus Kinski, and Dana ("Jim") Hutton. Lilo Pulver is an earnest but uncompelling leading lady and John Gavin never looked handsomer. (And that's saying something!) You need to wait about 50 minutes before he takes his shirt off and the resulting scene is disappointingly brief but any sight of The Chest is a cause for celebration.

Point to ponder: would any Hollywood studio risk this kind of ending in today's market?


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