All Quiet on Western Front

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Unlike most "message" films that date themselves almost immediately, Lewis Milestone's low-key unpolished and deeply-felt screen adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque anti-war novel has lost little of its original impact. Years after its release it was still being banned in countries mobilizing for war. The plot follows a group of young German recruits in World War I throughout their passage from idealism to disillusionment. As the central character Paul Baumer (Ayres) declares, "We live in the trenches and we fight. We try not to be killed - that's all." All Quiet is an anthology of now famous scenes: Ayres trapped in a shell crater with a man he has killed; the first meeting of the recruits and the veterans; infantrymen being mowed down to machine-gun visual rhythms; a moonlight swim with the French farm girls; Ayres' pacifist speech to his astonished schoolmates; and the final shot of the soldier's hand reaching for a butterfly

Specifications

Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40105301
UPC 025192051029
UPC 14 00025192051029
Format DVD
Release Date 9/2/2003
Rating NR
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1
Actors
Name Lew Ayres
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Name John Wray
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Cast & Crew
John Wray - Actor
Lew Ayres - Actor
Louis Wolheim - Actor
Russell Gleason - Actor
Erich Maria Remarque - Based on Novel By
Lewis Milestone - Director
Arthur Edeson - Director of Photography
Carl Laemmle, Jr. - Producer
George Abbott - Screenplay
Awards
Oscar (1931) Lewis Milestone, Winner, Best Director,Carl Laemmle, Jr., Winner, Best Picture,Arthur Edeson, Nominee, Best Cinematography,George Abbott, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Achievement
Reviews
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Vivid, moving adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's eloquent pacifist novel about German boys' experiences as soldiers during WWI. Time hasn't dimmed its power, or its poignancy, one bit. Scripted by Milestone, Maxwell Anderson, Del Andrews, and George Abbott. Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Director.
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Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Full Picture Aspect Ratio, Spanish, French, Mono Audio

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