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Director: Stanley Kubrick     Starring: Kirk Douglas Adolphe Menjou
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40114531
UPC: 027616767424
UPC 14: 00027616767424
Rating: NR
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About the blistering reality of military politics, a young colonel must save three innocent soldiers from being framed by superiors attempting to cover up a fatal blunder.

"An unforgettable movie experience.  Newsweek
"One of the greatest anti-war films ever made.  The Motion Picture Guide
"An overpowering piece of cinema.  Halliwell's Film & Video Guide

Editor's Note
PATHS OF GLORY is among the most powerful antiwar films ever made. The story takes place in 1916 France, as the French command orders an exhausted unit to wrest control of an anthill from the Germans--expecting a casualty rate of 60 percent. The battle--during which the Germans are never seen, indicating that the French are their own worst enemy--turns into a bloody massacre. Looking for a scapegoat, General Mireau (George Macready) orders Colonel Dax (a never-more-intense Kirk Douglas) to select three of his men to face a court-martial and possible firing squad for the troops' cowardice. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, PATHS OF GLORY, based on the novel by Humphrey Cobbs, is a gut-wrenching, unforgettable drama. Every scene is awash in grays, covered in doom. Kubrick marvelously contrasts the ornate palace where the generals sip their cognac with the ramshackle trenches where injured men stumble about, demoralized and shellshocked. Douglas gives a tough, gritty performance; his tense sparring with the high command features sharp, biting dialogue. The entire cast is outstanding; watching so many men die for no reason is maddening. Kubrick captured the Vietnam War in FULL METAL JACKET, the cold war in DR. STRANGELOVE, the Seven Years' War in BARRY LYNDON, and a slave uprising in SPARTACUS, but PATHS OF GLORY is his crowning achievement when it comes to depicting the devastation, both physical and psychological, that war wreaks on the individual--as well as the state.

Features

Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Spanish, Subtitled, Original, Theatrical Version, Trailers

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: MGM
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/12/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 87 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1957
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 907674
Video UPC UPC: 00027616767424
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adolphe Menjou
Video Cast Info George MacReady
Video Cast Info Kirk Douglas
Video Cast Info Ralph Meeker
Video Cast Info Richard Anderson
Video Cast Info Wayne Morris
Video Cast Info Humphrey Cobb - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Stanley Kubrick - Director
Video Cast Info James B. Harris - Producer
Video Cast Info Calder Willingham - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jim Thompson - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Stanley Kubrick - Screenplay
Plot Summary
Stanley Kubrick brings Humphrey Cobbs's scathing, fact-based antiwar novel to life with stunning results. Amid the insufferable trench warfare of WWI, a French general orders his men to attack an obviously impenetrable German position and accuses them of cowardice when the attack fails. To soothe his wounded vanity, three men are picked at random to stand trial and face the firing squad. The script was cowritten by noir author Jim Thompson.

Memorable Quotes

"If the little sweethearts won't face German bullets, they'll face French ones."----General Mireau (George Macready)

"There are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die."----General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) to Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas)

"Come, come Colonel Dax, don't overdo the surprise. You've been after this job from the start. We all know that, my boy."----Broulard |"I may be many things, sir, but I'm not your boy."----Dax

"Would you like me to suggest what you can do with that promotion?"----Dax to Broulard

"I apologize, sir, for not telling you sooner that you're a degenerate, sadistic old man, and you can go to hell before I apologize to you now or ever again!"----Dax to Broulard

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"Even though Kubrick made this while still in his 20s, it is arguably his best film..." -- 5 out of 5 Stars 06/01/2000 p.102

USA Today
"This is the masterpiece from Humphrey Cobb's novel that put Kubrick on the map." 11/02/2004 p.4D

Chicago Sun-Times
"[T]he film by which Stanley Kubrick entered the ranks of great directors, never to leave them." 02/25/2005 p.28

Sight and Sound
"PATHS remains the definitive WWI-set anti-war scorcher, much copied but never equalled, thanks largely to the bullet-train story cascade and Kubrick's relentlessly ultra-real, disarmingly composed images." 01/01/2011

Austin Chronicle 0 of 10
Kirk Douglas is a god. Kubrick is a god. Together in Paths of Glory they are magnificent... This is one of those films that makes you think: They sure don't make movies like that anymore. Perhaps Spielberg can bring a bit of this in this summer's Saving Private Ryan. Perhaps Terrence Malick can show us the inhumanity of war in The Thin Red Line, but neither of them have Kirk Douglas, and that is very unfortunate. When Kirk chimes off on Adolfe Menjou, you'll understand what it's like to take a puff from your last cigarette. - Harry Knowles

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Douglas,Kirk
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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