|Lewis Milestone director||previously directed The Racket|
Based on a novel, All Quiet on the Western Front is about a group of young energetic wanting to enlist in the German army during World War One, not knowing of the consequences that they will deal with.
The famous butterfly scene which ends the movie is not in the novel.
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You are the life of the Fatherland, you boys - you are the iron men of Germany. You are the gay heroes who will repulse the enemy when you are called upon to do so. It is not for me to suggest that any of you should stand up and offer to defend his country. But I wonder if such a thing is going through your heads? I know that in one of the schools, the boys have risen up in the classroom and enlisted in a mass. But, of course, if such a thing should happen here, you would not blame me for a feeling of pride. Perhaps, some will say, that you should not be allowed to go yet, that you are too young, that you have homes, mothers, fathers, that you should not be torn away. Are your fathers so forgetful of their Fatherland that they would let it perish rather than you? Are your mothers so weak that they cannot send a son to defend the land which gave them birth?! And after all, is a little experience such a bad thing for a boy? Is the honor of wearing a uniform something from which we should run? And if our young ladies glory in those who wear it, is that anything to be ashamed of? I know you have never desired the adulation of heroes. That has not been part of my teaching. We have sought to make ourselves worthy and let acclaim come when it would. But to be foremost in battle is a virtue not to be despised....But now our country calls! The Fatherland needs leaders!! Personal ambition must be thrown aside in the one great sacrifice for our country! Here is a glorious beginning for your lives! The fields of honor calls you.
|Erich Maria Remarque||novel|
|C. Gardner Sullivan||supervising story chief|
|Louis Wolheim||Kat Katczinsky|
|Lew Ayres||Paul Bäumer|
|Arnold Lucy||Professor Kantorek|
|Ben Alexander||Franz Kemmerich|
|Owen Davis Jr.||Peter|
|William Bakewell||Albert Kropp|
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Based on the anti-war novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Follows a young enlisted man leaving from his home to fight against the English and the French in the First World War. Many of the common experiences of the war are shown, though rarely through the actual combat, as the crushing despair of losing colleagues becomes more clear in the quiet hours as opposed to the chaos of combat. Shot in Black and White though a later edit of it coloured one sequence (the sequence which incidentally was one of the only thing not to appear in the book.)