All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Lewis Milestone (1930)

125min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Today's audiences may feel films such as Platoon and Apocalypse Now are the definitive war movies, but this classic Oscar-winning tale has lost none of its ability to shock and involve. As a study of the inhumanity of war, it retains all the impact of the novel by Erich Maria Remarque upon which it is so faithfully based. This epic saga about German schoolboys called up during the First World War marked the coming of age of the war movie, and of Carl Laemmle Jr's Universal Studios which produced it. It also demonstrated, as an early talkie, the flexibility of the new technique, with staggering trench sequences brilliantly filmed by director Lewis Milestone, who received his second Academy Award for his work. The performances are also exemplary, but it is primarily a film of great moments - the climactic sequence of the young conscript reaching out for a butterfly in the sun - that, once seen, are never forgotten.

Summary

A group of German teenagers volunteers for action during the First World War, but its members find the reality of battle is more terrible than their darkest imaginings. Drama based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel, starring Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim and John Wray.

Cast & Crew

Actor Lew Ayres
Actor Louis Wolheim
Actor Slim Summerville
Actor John Wray
Director Lewis Milestone

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama