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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.

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Delbert Mann

Writers:

Paul Monash (screenplay), Erich Maria Remarque (novel)
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A young German soldier's terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.

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Cast

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 is a young German who, along with his graduating high school classmates, enlist in the German Imperial Army during the First World War. 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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

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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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

When Paul Baumer and his classmates march into the barracks after their joining the German Army, they are heard singing. This song is an English version of the World War I (German) Patriotic song "Die Wacht am Rhein". The movie version of the lyrics, as performed in English, is not the correct one however. See more »

Goofs

The Kaiser is merely wearing the rank insignia of a Generalmajor (Major General) - plain shoulder cords for general officers. Wilhelm II. always wore the rank insignia of a Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshal General), which were the shoulder cords for general officers with two crossed Field Marshal's batons, a crown, and the initials "WR" ("Wilhelminus Rex" = "King Wilhelm"). See more »

Quotes

Paul Baumer: [to a dying Frenchman] If we threw away the guns, the grenades - we could have been brothers, but they never want us to know that.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD release is the edited version which was shown in European theaters in the early 80s. Approximately 20 minutes of footage was cut from the original Hallmark Hall of Fame production which aired on American TV in 1979, including two scenes immediately following the award ceremony: the soldiers discuss the causes of the war in their billet while Himmelstoss listens in icy silence, and Paul and his friends admire and make lewd comments about a pretty girl on a theater poster. Also, the scene of Paul carrying the wounded Kat to the dressing station is greatly reduced, eliminating the rest stop and conversation in which Paul tries to give Kat his address. See more »

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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Fine remake of classic.
9 July 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

This 1979 remake of Lewis Milestones 1930 classic anti war film tells the story of German youths who enlist in the Kaisers army to fight for the Fatherland in the great war. Based on the masterful novel by Erich Maria Remarque the youths who join at the encouragement of their schoolteacher with dreams of glory quickly learn the horror of war. Some parts of this version are better than the original and in others the 1930 version still stands out

Ian Holm's portrayal of Himmelstoss the sadistic drill instructor comes off somewhat better than in the original. In this version he is not the boys hometown postman so the viewer only sees him as the stern and cruel D.I.. His cowardice scene is also handled better. Veteran actor Ernest Borgnine as Kat the group leader is only a tad off as being as good as Louis Wolheims. Richard Thomas as Paul Baumer the central figure is about neck and neck with Lew Ayres original. Donald Pleasance is convincing as Kantorek the boys schoolteacher who tells them their plans for the future must be put on hold in favor of serving the Fatherland. Both this and the 1930 recently restored version should be watched back to back if possible.

Many films that are remade often times do not stand up to their original counterparts but this 1979 film does. Considering it was a made for TV film makes that quite an accomplishment. If you enjoyed Saving Private Ryan you'll enjoy this one as well.


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