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All Quiet on the Western Front 1979

  • Delbert Mann
  • November 14, 1979
  • 150 mins
  • English
  • Drama, History, War
They left for war as boys, never to return as men.
At the start of World War I, Paul Baumer is a young German patriot, eager to fight. Indoctrinated with propaganda at school, he and his friends eagerly sign up for the army soon after graduation. But when the horrors of war soon become too much to bear, and as his friends die or become gravely wounded, Paul questions the sanity of fighting over a few hundreds yards of war-torn countryside.


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If this film were made today, it would be much more violent and perhaps closer to the reality. I continue to hope the world has learnt lessons from the 1st and 2nd World Wars; some days you might think it hasn't!

On the one hand I was thinking damn that bird for charming Paul, who, in a moment of joy is gunned down. Whilst on the other hand I am thinking it was quite likely for the best, it seems he would not have easily handled integration into civilian life again - as his short visit home seemed to show.

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