Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Stanley Kubrick (1957)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Winston Churchill claimed this film came closest to capturing the atmosphere of the First World War and exposing the workings of the military mind. Director Stanley Kubrick was said to be a great admirer of Napoleon, and this fearsome indictment of the futility of war can also be read as a lament for the decline of the once glorious French army. As the general who orders a hopeless attack on a German position, Adolphe Menjou is a villain not because he is an officer slavishly adhering to the letter of army law, but because he is an arrogant aristocrat, motivated more by fear of the lower classes than by hatred of the enemy. Kirk Douglas and Timothy Carey are outstanding among the troops on the front line, while Kubrick's relentlessly probing camera offers constant evidence of a film-maker at the height of his powers.


A French assault on a German position during the First World War ends in disaster, but the general in charge refuses to accept the plan was doomed from the start and demands that three men from the ranks be executed as an example to the rest. However, the colonel who led the attack resolves to defend the condemned soldiers. Stanley Kubrick's drama, starring Kirk Douglas and Adolphe Menjou.

Cast & Crew

Colonel Dax Kirk Douglas
Corporal Paris Ralph Meeker
General Broulard Adolphe Menjou
General Mireau George Macready
Lieutenant Roget Wayne Morris
Major Saint-Auban Richard Anderson
Private Pierre Arnaud Joe Turkel
Private Ferol Timothy Carey
Colonel Judge Peter Capell
German girl Susanne Christian
Sergeant Boulanger Bert Freed
Director Stanley Kubrick
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Contains violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 May 2014