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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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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

Certificate:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Patricia Neal played Richard Thomas' mother in this movie. She also played his mother in The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971). See more »

Goofs

When Himmelstoss arrives with his new platoon, his old trainees tell him that Kemmerich is dead and he crosses his arms in front of him and says he doesn't remember him. In the next scene, his hands are clasped behind his back instead of crossed in front. 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

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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Spoofed in All Anal on the Western Front (2002) See more »

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Ahead of its time...
22 August 2000 | by justinf-3See all my reviews

Considering this was made in 1979, this is quiet an astonishing film, that is incredibly realistic in its portrayal of the futility of combat in world war one. I first saw this film on TV in the early 80's , and i've seen it again a few times on video since then. The story is compelling, powerful and incredibly moving. The most powerful message of the movie, in my opinion, is that there are no "good" or "bad" guys in war - there's just you and someone else who is out to kill you. The suffering that the real soldiers went through in WW1 is powerfully conveyed in this film. One of my all time favourites - considering that it was just a TV film makes its even more astonishing. If you want a film to move you and make you think about life, look out for this one in your video store. This is another classic "sleeper" - along with the likes of Glory, Shawshank Redemption, Cross of Iron and others that haven't hit the Hollywood bigtime, but have made a lot of people feel moved....


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