7.8/10
2,495
15 user 22 critic

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

Not Rated | | 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)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone
All I Desire (1953)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson, Lyle Bettger
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Robert Stack
Interlude (1957)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of a young woman, Helen Banning, who travels to Munich in search of life experience and romance. While working for America House, she meets a famous symphony conductor, Tonio ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: June Allyson, Rossano Brazzi, Marianne Koch
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A selfish playboy enamored by a woman he seems to hurt more than he intends begins to understand a deeper meaning to their relationship.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead
Music | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young, impoverished German woman named Hanna (Maria von Tasnady) gives her infant up for adoption and emigrates to American to live with her husband. When her husband commits suicide, ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Willy Birgel, Lil Dagover, Mária Tasnádi Fekete
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A pair of Irish rebels have swashbuckling adventures in 1815.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow
To New Shores (1937)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1846 the actress Gloria Vane is the leading star at the Adelphi Theatre in London. She is in love with the destitute nobleman Albert Finsbury. He is leaving for Australia to become an ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Zarah Leander, Willy Birgel, Edwin Jürgensen
Battle Hymn (1957)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Anna Kashfi, Dan Duryea
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

...There Was Nothing Else in the World Now...But Them! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Months after the release of this motion picture,novelist Erich Maria Remarque(1898-1970)married actress Paulette Goddard.Their marriage lasted until his death. See more »

Goofs

In the barracks for bombed out soldiers, Keenan Wynn shows the number 3 with the American way of 3 fingers while it should have been the German way with 2 fingers and the thumb. See more »

Quotes

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


Soundtracks

A TIME TO LOVE
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Performed by uncredited blonde in cabaret scene
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Powerful and poignant
2 August 2017 | by verna-aSee all my reviews

I can recommend this war film. Despite distracting weaknesses in production quality, the power of the material carries the viewer along very effectively. The scenario is the dying days of World War II from the perspective of a German soldier. This represents unusual material for Hollywood, and romantic leading man John Gavin is odd casting as the hero. Although his flashes of American pearly whites are incongruous, he and indeed all the actors do quite well in their parts although hampered by the forced pace of the direction and the artificial quality of the sound recording. Clearly overdubbed, the dialogue has the quality of a read- through in an indoor studio, despite most of the action being out-of-doors. The cinematography is quite good and the sets impressive as the soldier Ernst moves from the horrors of the Russian front to the heavily-bombed hometown where he returns on leave. Trying to find what has become of his parents, he receives little sympathy from his countrymen and women, who are deadened (or maddened) by the bombardment from the skies they are experiencing. Officialdom is represented by a range of repulsive types, underlining the moral ambiguity the hero is struggling with after his experiences on the front. Where in all this horror is anything worth living for? The answer comes in his developing relationship with the winsome Elizabeth, portrayed by a delightful actress whose name is not familiar to me. What hopes of happiness in the maelstrom of the times? A poignant moment comes when the couple fantasize where they would like to go for a honeymoon, only to reflect that as Germans they would be hated just about everywhere. I found this a memorable film.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed