All Quiet On The Western Front

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Lewis Milestone
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations.
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136 min

calls you.

Why are we here?

You, Kropp, what has

kept you back?

You, Mueller, you know how

much you are needed?

Ah, I see you look

at your leader.

And I, too, look to you,

Paul Baumer...

and I wonder what you

are going to do.

- I'll go.

- I want to go.

Count on me.

- Me too.

- I'm ready.

I'm not gonna stay home!

Follow me!

Enlist now!

- No more classes!

- No more classes!

- Don't be a quitter!

- Come on, Behn!

Stick together. That's what

we've got to do.

- Let's all stick together.

- Come on, Behn.

All right.

All right.

- I'll go.

- That's the way!

Let's go!

Hey! Let's sing!

Come on!

Keep in line there,


Anything you say,


Detail, halt!

Left face!

Get into uniform, ready to

report. Fall out!

I betcha a place like this gets

you in good condition.

You have to be for the

long marches.

I'm gonna get in the

cavalry and ride.

No cavalry for me.

Infantry's where you

see the fighting.

Where are all the guns? That's

what I want to know.

Oh, you don't get a gun for

a long while yet.

If I'm gonna bump off the enemy,

I gotta have some practice.

Bayonet drill. That's

what I want.

You won a medal that

times, Mueller.

You wait. In about a month I'll

be covered with them.

Say, keep your boots

out of my face!

Why, it's an Honor to have those

boots in your face.

They're the best pair in the army!

My uncle gave them to me.

Just look at that special

imported leather.

Put them anyplace you like,

except in my face.

Not even a kitchen maid'll

look at me in this!


Well, for the love of...

It's Himmelstoss!

- So it is.

- And all dressed up.

Hello, Himmie. You didn't think you'd

see me again so soon, did you?

- You see my rank?

- Sure.

Fall back, then!

Himmelstoss, we certainly

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Erich Maria Remarque

Erich Maria Remarque (born Erich Paul Remark; 22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970) was a German novelist who created many works about the horrors of war. His best known novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), about German soldiers in the First World War, was made into an Oscar-winning film. His book made him an enemy of the Nazis, who burned many of his works. more…

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