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All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 14 November 1979
A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

Paul Monash (screenplay), Erich Maria Remarque (novel)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Thomas ... Paul Baumer
Ernest Borgnine ... Stanislaus Katczinsky
Donald Pleasence ... Kantorek
Ian Holm ... Himmelstoss
Patricia Neal ... Paul's Mother
Paul Mark Elliott Paul Mark Elliott ... Josef Behm (as Mark Elliott)
David Bradley ... Albert Kropp (as Dai Bradley)
Matthew Evans Matthew Evans ... Friedrich Muller (as Mathew Evans)
George Winter George Winter ... Franz Kemmerich
Dominic Jephcott ... Peter Leer
Mark Drewry Mark Drewry ... Tjaden
Colin Mayes Colin Mayes ... Westhus
Ewan Stewart ... Detering
Michael Sheard ... Paul's Father
Katerina Lírová Katerina Lírová ... Paul's Sister
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Storyline

Paul Baumer (Richard Thomas) is a young German who, along with his graduating high school classmates, enlist in the German Imperial Army during World War I. 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 Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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They left for war as Boys, never to return as men.

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Drama | War

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Trivia

MGM had previously tried to mount a re-adaptation of the novel to be shot at their Borehamwood studios in 1964. See more »

Goofs

In one of the last scenes in the movie, Paul is shown walking with Katczinsky carrying a bucket of turnips in his right hand. An artillery barrage comes and Katczinsky runs to the left while Paul drops the white bucket (and spills the turnips) and dives into tall grass on the right. The camera quickly cuts to Katzinsky showing his wounded leg, then cuts back to Paul, who stands up and runs over to Katzinsky. When Paul runs over to Katzinsky, the white bucket and the turnips are no where to be found. See more »

Quotes

Muller: Himmelstoss...there's a latrine down the road. Why don't you go take a jump?
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Alternate Versions

In the full version of the film, the back story of Himmelstoss is greatly expanded to include an introductory scene in which Himmelstoss is shown to have been the town mailman, often harassed by Paul and his friends, and then in an ironic twist became their drill instructor since he was a reservist in the Army. This matches the same back story as shown in All Quiet on the Western Front. See more »

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One of the Few WWI films around and very good at that
11 December 2004 | by hobbitonite20See all my reviews

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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: All Quiet on the Western Front (#29.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (1980 cut) | (Uncut Edition)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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