War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel ... See full summary »
Drama-documentary recounting the events of the 1st July 1916 and the Battle of the Somme on the Western Front during the First World War. Told through the letters and journals of soldiers who were there.
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
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MGM had previously tried to mount a re-adaptation of the novel to be shot at their Borehamwood studios in 1964. See more »
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 »
Himmelstoss...there's a latrine down the road. Why don't you go take a jump?
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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 »
One of the Few WWI films around and very good at that
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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