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

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 7 September 1958 (UK)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ernst Graeber
... Elizabeth Kruse Graeber (as Lilo Pulver)
... Immerman
... Hermann Boettcher
... Reuter
... Professor Pohlmann
... Captain Rahe
... Woman Guerrilla
... Oscar Binding
Charles Regnier ... Joseph
... Frau Lieser
Kurt Meisel ... Heini
Agnes Windeck ... Frau Witte
... Sauer
... Political Officer
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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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The great love story of World War II by the author of "All Quiet on the Western Front" See more »

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Will o' the Wisp  »

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2.35 : 1
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This film's opening preamble states: "The Russian-German Front 1944." See more »

Goofs

Keenan Wynn uses pounds instead of kilos to describe Don DeFore's wife's weight. Later Don DeFore also uses pounds instead of kilos when he mentions his wife having lost weight since he last saw her. See more »

Quotes

Professor Pohlmann: Without doubt, there would be no need for faith.
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A TIME TO LOVE
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Performed by uncredited blonde in cabaret scene
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A Simple Soldier
30 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film, beautifully shot, is the tale of a simple soldier falling in love, during trying times. The soldier is German. The struggle is World War II. The setting is Berlin.

1958 was surely a hard year to make such a film. In fact, this film could not be made today. However, this love story was made, with the enemy at the focus. Of course, enemy never crossses the viewer's mind. We are with the protaganist throughout the movie.

In short, this is an important film of significant value. Not because it is about history, but because it is about the redeeming quality of humanity, even if displayed in the setting of our onetime enemy.


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