All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

145 min-Drama | War- 24 August 1930 (USA)
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Erich Maria Remarque (by), Maxwell Anderson (adaptation), and 5 more credits

Stars:

Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim and John Wray | See full cast and crew

Storyline

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. Written by Michele Wilkinson, University of Cambridge Language Centre, <mw125@cus.cam.ac.uk>

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Plot Keywords:

Soldier | Death | Swimming | Gloves | Remade  |

Taglines:

At last....the motion picture!

Genres:

Drama | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German (song lyrics) | Latin

Release Date:

(USA)

Also Known As:

Sin novedad en el frente

Filming Locations:

RKO-Pathé Studios - 9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$1,448,864 (estimated)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

UK: (cut)  | UK: (BBFC submission before censorship)  | Germany:  | USA: (restored version: Library of Congress)  | (copyright length)  | Spain: (DVD edition)  | USA: (TV version)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Raymond Griffith, who played the dying soldier Gerard Duval, had lost his voice through illness as a child. A popular silent film star, the coming of sound effectively spelled the end of his career. All Quiet on the Western Front was his last hurrah.

Goofs

Continuity: When going to their first battle, while the young soldier is talking to Kat, the young soldier's bag switches from being across his chest with his hands by his side to his bag not being there and his right arm holding his scarf between shots.

Quotes

[first lines]
Man cleaning doorknob: Thirty thousand.
Maid: From the Russians?
Man cleaning doorknob: No, from the French. From the Russians we capture more than that every day.

Connections

Referenced in 13 Ghosts (1960)

Soundtracks

"All Quiet on the Western Front"
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Lou Handman
Lyrics by Bernie Grossman

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