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All Quiet on the Western Front

Released Aug 24, 1930 1h 45m War List
98% Tomatometer 90 Reviews 89% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings
The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War I 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. Read More Read Less
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Director Lewis Milestone's brilliant anti-war polemic, headlined by an unforgettable performance from Lew Ayres, lays bare the tragic foolishness at the heart of war.

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Clive MacManus London Evening Standard Mr. Lewis Milestone, the Russian who directed it, has made the most remarkable film I have ever seen. His battles scenes alone are astonishing. Aug 2, 2022 Full Review Don B. Reed Washington Post Here is a photoplay which carries a wallop in every scene. Without doubt, it is as mighty a weapon against war as any infernal machine might be for conflict. After seeing it, there can be few to argue in favor of shedding the blood of any nation's youth. Aug 2, 2022 Full Review Ella H. McCormick Detroit Free Press All Quiet on the Western Front will grip you and leave an indelible mark upon your soul. Apr 8, 2021 Full Review Pare Lorentz Judge If two writers and a director of the caliber responsible for [the film] had been allowed money and opportunity an original work the result would have to produce been far more exciting. What they have done has power, but it is spread all over the place. Oct 30, 2023 Full Review Mark Johnson Awards Daily No film detailed the horrors of World War I better than Lewis Milestone’s All Quiet on the Western Front. A technically groundbreaking film that doubles as an extremely powerful anti-war message. Just as compelling in its time as it is today. Jun 8, 2023 Full Review Amy Thomasson InSession Film All Quiet on the Western Front remains profoundly moving. Apr 25, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Robert R Definitely one of the top World War One films, and one of the best war films overall. Even at almost 100 years old still worth watching. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/24/23 Full Review Georgan G This is one of the best anti-war films ever made. And my favorite of all 3 versions of All Quiet on the Western Front. Amazing that a film this old still has such an impact. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/17/23 Full Review Louisa E This was so different from the other films I've watched on this journey. It was a film that had something to say. The plot was fairly standard, but it packed a punch. It explored some of the motives of why people went to war. It showed the bond and animosity towards fellow soldiers. It highlighted the terrible conditions of the trenches. It showcased the terrible spectacle of war and death. And through it all, it asked why. The conversation between the men discussing who started the war and why they were fighting in it was fantastic. I empathised with Paul about returning to the front instead of staying home. It is a long movie, and there was one point I got a bit tired and wondered when it would end, but it was worth pushing through. The acting wasn't brilliant by Lew Ayres, as cute as he is. My favourite actor here was Louis Wolheim as Kat. I read that he died shortly after this movie, which made me sad. The sound was pretty good. The trivia section on IMDB says that the director deliberately chose not to have a score. I guess with cinemas providing a musical score in-house, people were sick of music explaining mood now they had real sound. But from a modern viewpoint, I think a score in some places would have been nice. The cinematography was superb. So many innovative elements! My favourites were extreme close-ups, interesting filming angles, such as into a mirror, and having people and objects in the foreground (instead of it looking like filming a stage), and the filming up from inside a ditch. I also liked how at one point, the boots were the focal point. The special effects were also great. I'm not sure how they did it all. It earned the Oscar for cinematography and Best Picture for me. I wish Louis Wolheim were nominated for the best actor, too. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/09/23 Full Review BRIAN A Fantastic war movie, can be slow at times but it still deserves the 5 stars for everything else. BTW some people on here may have been confusing it with the recent reboot, this is NOT it stop giving it bad reviews because of the mix up. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Dennis B Having been in Vietnam, I truly appreciated the sincerity of this movie. A must see Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/27/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the films of all time Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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All Quiet on the Western Front

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Synopsis The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War I 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.
Director
Lewis Milestone
Producer
Carl Laemmle Jr.
Screenwriter
Erich Maria Remarque, George Abbott, Del Andrews, Maxwell Anderson, Maxwell Anderson, Lewis Milestone
Distributor
Universal Pictures
Production Co
Universal Pictures
Genre
War
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 24, 1930, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 22, 2014
Runtime
1h 45m
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