All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)Closed Captioning
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Relive the drama, conflict and power of one of the most influential anti-war films ever made - All Quiet on the Western Front. Universal's first Best Picture Academy Award® winner is now available in its original glory completely restored by the Library of Congress. Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat. The hard-hitting, timeless masterpiece returns with stunning visual enhancement to its deserving place in film history! "****! Time hasn't dimmed its power, or poignancy, one bit." (Leonard Maltin)
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 37
- Fresh: 36
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 8.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Messrs. Milestone, Abbott and Anderson in this film have contributed a memorable piece of work to the screen.
Fresh: From such grisly materials the popular cinema is rarely drawn. The film is monumental in the courage that risked its manufacture.
Fresh: A harrowing, gruesome, morbid tale of war.
Fresh: All Quiet on the Western Front is the definitive World War I motion picture, the best of a surprisingly small class of movies.
Wonderful Piece of Film History
Classic, all-too-familiar story of homefront war propaganda, and its stark contrast with the realities of armed conflict. Being told from the German side adds to the interestingness of this film. Considering the technology and story telling tools of 1929, this version holds up very well to the test of time, and we find ourselves in the end almost as worn down as the main character. "Empfehlenswert," as the Germans say.
I think that having a film such as this in black and white reels gives it a certain extra charm to its emotional value. That's what I think anyway. Also, This is the first edition of a film based on the great novel. If anyone is looking for the second version, the one that has the main character sketching birds, this is not that version.
You will never look at warfare the same way again...
This movie literaly is the best war movie ever made. Not because of big budget special effects, but the plotline is what makes it so good(not to mention what is probably the most realistic battle scenes ever made). The ending is extremely sad, unusual for any war movie. And when the hero goes back to his home on leave, what he sees proves the phrase, "You can never go home again".
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1930
- © 1930 Universal Pictures Corporation. Renewed 1958 Universal Pictures Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved.