All Quiet on the Western Front

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This is an English language film (made in America) adapted from a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body. The film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Writer: Erich Maria Remarque (by), Maxwell Anderson (adaptation), George Abbott (screen play), Del Andrews (adaptation), C. Gardner Sullivan (supervising story chief)
Production: N/A
Genre: drama, war
Year: 1930
MetaScore: 91/100
ImdbRating: 8.0
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 24 Aug 1930
Awards: Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations.


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Paul - Lew Ayres
Himmelstoss - John Wray
Kantorek - Arnold Lucy
Kemmerich - Ben Alexander
Leer - Scott Kolk
Mueller - Russell Gleason
Detering - Harold Goodwin
Bertinck - G. Pat Collins
Paul's Mother - Beryl Mercer
Herr Meyer - Edmund Breese
Frau Bäumer - Silent Version Trailer only - Zasu Pitts
2nd Medic Orderly - Ernie Adams
French Girl - Poupée Andriot
Assistant Cook - Vince Barnett
Frau Kemmerick - Daisy Belmore
Young Soldier - Glen Boles
Undetermined Secondary Role - Leroy Boles
Joseph Hammacher - Heinie Conklin
Suzanne - Yola d'Avril
French Girl - Renée Damonde
Student - Arthur Gardner
Gérard Duval - Raymond Griffith
Young Girl - Ellen Hall
Ginger - the Cook - William Irving
Minor Role - Frederick Kohner
Minor Role - Frank Leichtfried
1st Medic Orderly - Tom London
Sister Libertine - Bertha Mann
Poster Girl - Joan Marsh
Herr Bäumer - Edwin Maxwell
Schoolboy - Jack McHugh
Soldier - Maurice Murphy
Schoolboy - Robert Parrish
Mother of Hospital Patient - Bodil Rosing
Minor Role - Wolfgang Staudte
Minor Role - Jack Sutherland
Soldier - David Tyrell
Charwoman - Dorothy Vernon
German Soldier / French Ambulance Driver - Fred Zinnemann