All Quiet on the Western Front

Synopsis: Paul Baumer is a young German who, along with his graduating high school classmates, enlist in the German Imperial Army during the First World War. 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.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Delbert Mann
Production: Unknown
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 6 nominations.
150 min

'He's known as Kat but his full name

is Stanislav Katczinsky.

'but most of all for food

when there's none to be had.

'My name is Paul Baumer.

I am 18 years old.

'Josef Behm, who will study theology.

'Albert Kropp, who will study law.

'Friedrich Mller,

who will study everything.

'Franz Kemmerich,

who will be a forester.

'Peter Lehr,

who will travel and make love.

'We are with our friends:

Tjaden, a locksmith before the war.

'The biggest eater of the company.

'Westus, who dug peat for a living.

A good man to have on your side.

'his farmyard and his wife.

'They attack our trench.

We attack their trench.

Then, to keep the score even, they

will attack our trench once again.

What are you doing? Wait.

Over here. Here, over here.


You'll be OK.

OK, here we come. Come.


Easy... easy.

It's his leg. He's lucky.

He'll be all right.

He'll be all right.

'You are our Iron Youth.'

'Iron Youth becomes Iron Heroes.'

It is my duty. Uh, it is my honour,

to prepare you for the part

you must play in this great war.

Our homeland has need

of men of character and strong will.

It is my duty to prepare your minds

so you will be better able

to train your bodies

for your Kaiser, for your Fatherland,

for your God.

Germany is the nation of progress,

the nation of culture...

the nation of science,

the nation of ideas...

the nation of Beethoven,

of Schiller, of Goethe...



What is that?

A bird, sir.

- A bird?

- Yes, sir.

A lark?

- Yes, sir.

- Very good.

On the window.

- This line...

- The window.

- Very exact.

- Thank you, sir.

But you don't come here to draw,

to write poems... of to dream.

Do you Baumer?


Sit down.

Gentlemen, you have all passed

your examinations.

As you know, you are graduated.

The time for class is over.

The time for duty has begun.

You are dismissed. Herr Baumer...

You may stay.


No, thank you, sir.

Oh, you don't smoke.

Well, it is not a good habit.

But all good habits,

makes a dull person.

What do the English say?

- All work and no play makes...

- A dull man.

A dull... Yes, yes, very good.

There's a time for work and for play.

You are a dreamer, Baumer.

You draw little sketches

and write little poems.

But now you're a man,

you have your duties as a man,

your duty to the Fatherland.

Will you wait to be called up

of will you enlist?

- Well...

- Of course, you'll respond to duty.

You will all respond.

The entire class will go

as one man to serve the Fatherland.

I know I will be proud of you,


'Today is wonderfully good.

'Everyone has eaten for two men

and the mail has come.

'The grasses sway like tall spears.

'The white butterflies

float on the soft warm wind.

'Let's not even think about it.

'Let's just enjoy the world.

'Everything is new and brave.

'Red poppies, the good food,

'cigarettes and the summer breeze.'

Paul? Paul?

We're going to see Kemmerich.

Nurse, can you tell me

where Franz Kemmerich is?

Yes, he's through there.


How are you?

Someone stole my watch.

- Bastards!

- I warned you, Franz.

- I know.

- We'll tell the doctor.

You'll be going home soon.

Do you think?

I feel... I'm all right.

My foot. It's so painful.

It's so cold.

That pain is your ticket home.

You should be grateful

to that pain.

telling fat lies

to Katrine Hammerschmidt.

Here's some smokes

and a piece of cheese from Kat,

and your comb is in the tobacco tin.

Put them under the bed, please.

Hide them.

You know they stole my watch.

Franz, will you be taking

these back home with you?

Why not?

Well, you don't really need

boots back home.

We could trade.

- I've got...

- No! My mother gave me those.

- You could lend them to me?

- No.

You'll be home a lot sooner than us.

Orderly. Orderly!

They don't come. They never come.

We'll get someone.

- It'll be different at home.

- When you return...

- ...We'll be together.

- We'll come tomorrow.

- I'll come tomorrow.

- Thank you. Thank you.

I'll be back.

Make sure you get my watch.

We will.

You think I don't care about Franz.

Of course I care.

If I could save his leg or life, I'd

walk over barbed wire. You know that.

But where he's going,

he won't need his boots.

He won't need anything.

And my boots hurt. They really hurt.

Why should some damn orderly

get his boots,

and not one of his friends.

He's right, Paul.

I know.

Very good, Kemmerich.

Very good, Kemmerich.

They've amputated my leg.

Could be worse.

Wegler lost his right arm,

which is very much worse.

Besides, you're going home.

Do you think so?

Of course.

Do you think so?

Once you get over the operation.

I don't think so.

Don't talk nonsense.

I wanted to be a forester once.

You will.

You can do anything.

If you find my watch, send it home.

You'll go to a convalescent home.

Maybe the one in Klosterberg.

Remember how we hiked up there?

Remember the poplars?

The stream full of fish?

Franz, Franz... When I come back,

we go up to the mountains again.

You can name all the trees for me.

Tell me all about them.

Franz, nothing will change.

We'd be together again.



Give... Mller... my... boots.

Doctor? Doctor?

Where's the doctor? Doctor!


Where's the doctor?


Doctor! Quickly,

Franz Kemmerich is dying.

Which one's that?

Bed 36, amputated leg.

How should I know that?

I've amputated five legs today.

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Paul Monash

Paul Monash (June 14, 1917 – January 14, 2003) was an American television and film producer and screenwriter. more…

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