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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)
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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
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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>

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Born out of the blazing passions of war! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Only a few of the German speaking actors were dubbed in the English Version, the majority of the non-American cast actually spoke English in the film. 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.
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Edited into Raid on Rommel (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

A TIME TO LOVE
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Performed by uncredited blonde in cabaret scene
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Douglas Sirk's Epic WWII Romance
30 June 2005 | by Michael27-1See all my reviews

Melodrama maestro, Douglas Sirk, ditches the Technicolor gaudiness of his 1950s weepies for romance set against the grim backdrop of death and destruction with "A Time To Love And A Time To Die". Yes, many of Sirk's familiar touches are here. But this is not a carbon copy of his hit soap operas. This film is affecting, if overly-long, with two surprisingly good leads in the impossibly handsome John Gavin and the lovely Lilo Pulver. Sirk does gloss up the devastation of war a bit; however, Sirk does allow this movie to have its share of shockingly frank and disturbing moments.

John Gavin plays German soldier, Ernst, who returns to his hometown on furlough. What he finds are the tattered remains of his home and goes on a search for his missing parents. During his frantic search, Gavin meets a childhood acquaintance. Among the air raids, bombings and sheer terror, they develop a romance and marry. Knowing that their time together will be short, they milk every moment for what it's worth before inevitable tragedy destroys their romance.

Gavin who was cast more frequently for his good looks than his acting chops actually makes a passable lead this time, although his playing a German is a little bit of a stretch. While this is not Douglas Sirk at his finest, it is an interesting project that capitalizes on the popularity of war films while also allowing Sirk to immerse himself in a topic that comes straight from his own past.


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