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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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 (Richard Thomas) is a young German who, along with his graduating high school classmates, enlist in the German Imperial Army during World War I. 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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Trivia

Richard Thomas (Paul Baumer) was twenty-eight when he made this movie, making him ten years older than his character. See more »

Goofs

The rifles used by the German soldiers in the film are model 1903 Turkish Mausers, in reality they would be using the German Mauser Gewehr 1898. The bayonet is also the Turkish 1903 pattern, which is distinctly different from the German model. See more »

Quotes

Paul Baumer: [to a dying Frenchman] If we threw away the guns, the grenades - we could have been brothers, but they never want us to know that.
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Alternate Versions

In the full version of the film, the back story of Himmelstoss is greatly expanded to include an introductory scene in which Himmelstoss is shown to have been the town mailman, often harassed by Paul and his friends, and then in an ironic twist became their drill instructor since he was a reservist in the Army. This matches the same back story as shown in All Quiet on the Western Front. See more »

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The greatest war novel of all time
21 July 2006 | by sfoxlySee all my reviews

The 1979 TV movie is true to the novel, whereas the 1930 movie is not, although they are both very powerful films.

I read All Quiet On The Western Front while serving in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, 1966-1967. It is without question the greatest war novel ever written. It is the universal story of the "grunt", all those who have ever fought on the front lines and experienced battle and death. Remarque served in the German army and lived through the hells he describes. Do not mistake his plain style of writing for a lack of literary ability - his simple telling of the events is one of the things that make this book so great. For example, after the company has been called back to the rear for reinforcements, the captain calls the roll several times. Half of the names are not there - they are dead, wounded or missing. Paul (the story teller) says "A line, a short line, trudges off...". Remarkable, this terse imagery of the depth of violence that happened at the front. Another line comes from one of soldiers while discussing how to stop the war (referring to the generals and politicians): "Give 'em all the same grub and all the same pay, and the war would be over and done in a day." Still true today. When describing what happens to common men fighting for their lives in battle, Paul says: "...this wave..that..turns us into thugs, into murderers, into God only knows what devils...". As Colonel Kurtz would say: "The Horror, the horror". This novel will forever speak across the years for all soldiers in combat everywhere.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1979 (USA) See more »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: All Quiet on the Western Front (#29.1) See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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