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Fenring's avatar


11 years 1 month ago
niesl2's avatar


This movie has the same flaw that has spoiled a lot of other war movies: English speaking Germans.
10 years 11 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


Great movie, but I've got to agree with @niesl2. Germans speak German.
9 years 11 months ago
abmannetje's avatar


A very good movie. The enormous battlefield must have been where Tom Hanks got his inspiration for making his Saving Private Ryan movie.
A good story and and ultimate piece of history.
Gives you an idea why the second world war was started.
10 years 8 months ago
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Checked 10/25/2019; 3/16/2020 - link still works (ignore (2) downvote(s)
2 years 7 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Arguably the first big anti-war war movie, 1930's All Quiet on the Western Front is still an effective WWI epic today even if we've since had a dozens and dozens examples of the genre. Showing the German side with no real attempts at Europeanized accents has two effects. One is that universalizes war - these could be our boys, anyone's boys - the other is that their side was historically doomed to fail, propaganda's triumphalism need not apply. Through its gritty realism, it achieves several memorable moments worth the wait, like the well-produced battles, the tale of the cursed boots, the protagonist spending the night in a fox hole with a wounded Frenchman (up until then, the enemy had been a backlit and faceless horde), and that gut punch of an ending. Having been made in the pre-Code days means it has an extra edge too. There are two that personally prevent me from giving it the highest of ratings though. One is that it has sound problems; the volume is rather low and there's a lot of hissing on the track, even in the restored version (which is visually impeccable). The other is lead actor Lew Ayres, whose theatrical style (and dialog that sounds written, probably pulled verbatim from the book) is at odds with the film's bleak realism. But even so, I can respect the achievement.
3 years 2 months ago
Panunzio's avatar


While it's very difficult for the film to match the quality and tone of the source novel, this is still essential viewing. The battle scenes are incredibly well-done and far ahead of their time.
4 years 7 months ago
Carota's avatar


7 years 7 months ago
Groovy09's avatar


It's dated in some areas sure, but it truly is one of the greatest anti-war films ever made and still manages to give the viewer an effective outlook on the brutality and terror of WW1, even over 80 years later since it's original release.
5 years 8 months ago
Sir_Byzantium's avatar


An extremely powerful ending, it summarizes the meanings and the themes of the movie quite nicely.
10 years 9 months ago
Mhrass's avatar


Oh boy, the ending!!!
7 years 5 months ago
Marazmatique's avatar


Is it so unthinkably difficult to perceive the "English speaking Germans" as though they're simply dubbed?
9 years 4 months ago
satyrvs's avatar


2nd half of the film is quite good. Liked the ending
10 years 11 months ago
V012's avatar


As haunting as the book. The last two shots were iconic.
Arthur Gardener, who played a student in this film was the last living member of the cast or crew until December 19th, 2014 when he passed away at 104.
7 years ago
jacktrewin's avatar


its not often you see such a personal war film with such well developed characters
10 years 6 months ago

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