All Quiet on the Western Front

  • PG
  • Delbert Mann (1979)
  • US
  • 122 min
All Quiet on the Western Front
Film Review
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3 out of 5

It's a brave man who dares to remake what is still regarded as the most powerful pacifist statement ever committed to celluloid. However, director Delbert Mann does a fine job of adapting Erich Maria Remarque's harrowing study of life in the trenches. In addition to winning Emmys for its editing and special effects, this sprawling TV movie also brought nominations for Mann, Patricia Neal and Ernest Borgnine, here cast as the wizened veteran who puts Richard Thomas and his fellow recruits through their paces. While it lacks the immediacy of the 1930 version, this is still a compelling and affecting insight into the hellishness of war.

Plot Summary

The stark realities of battle are revealed to a group of German teenagers who volunteer for action during the First World War. Drama remake, starring Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine and Donald Pleasence.

Cast and crew

Cast

Paul Baumer
Richard Thomas
Stanislaus Katczinsky
Ernest Borgnine
Himmelstoss
Ian Holm
Kantorek
Donald Pleasence
Paul's mother
Patricia Neal
Tjaden
Mark Drewry
Behm
Mark Elliott
Kropp
David Bradley (3)
Muller
Mathew Evans
Kemmerich
George Winter
Peter Leer
Dominic Jephcott
Paul's father
Michael Sheard

Crew

Director
Delbert Mann

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama