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Paths of Glory

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Stanley Kubrick

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About the Movie

This powerful, fact-based absurdity-of-war film stars Kirk Douglas as a commanding officer who defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: There's a near mathematical logic to the scenario and the cruelty is compounded by class. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Dec 6, 2005

Fresh: The sardonic rhetoric may be laid on a little heavily at times, but the movie is blunt and scornfully brilliant. – David Denby, New Yorker, Mar 26, 2013

Fresh: Both a terrifying, grim look at battle and an excruciatingly tense courtroom thriller. Together, it's a devastating indictment of war as conducted by opportunists and liars. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, May 2, 2014

Fresh: More than 20 years after Mr. Cobb's novel was first published, Mr. Kubrick reminded us that human folly is rarely checked for long. A half-century on, he is still right. – David Mermelstein, Wall Street Journal, Mar 26, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Path of Glory

I will never get tired of seeing this movie over and over. The acting is superb. A Masterpiece. Manuel

Stanley Kubrick's Masterpiece

Stanley Kubrick in my opinion is the greatest filmmaker of all time, I can't say I've seen one movie from him that I've truly been dissapointed by. I had mixed feelings about this one at first. It honestly ranks pretty low in comparison to his later fims, however it has a decent storyline and one of Kirk Douglas' best performances in his carrer. Sadly this movie is overall has negitive perspective on the subject of war, getting into depth of man's instablity by being afraid of war. Stanley never quoted this as an anti- war movie but a anti authorian ignorance film. Kubrick here gets into the instability regarding the soldiers psychological perspective of things, as he does the contrary in his Vietnam era war film 1987's Full Metal Jacket. This ranks nothing short of a well made war film invoving the emotions of individuals who are simply psychologically unstable regarding the reality of war. Kirk Douglas plays the key role model of a man who will do everything in his power to support all justice regarding corruption within authority (hence the strong liberalism in the film). Bottom line is that this ranks nothing short of a Kubrickan movie covering facinating psychological depth regarding human minds and behavior.


A brilliant anti-war movie. The reality of the bewlidering arrogance, stupidity, and fatal carelessness of a General Staff (regardless of nationality) who were, almost to a man, at least 20-30 miles from the trenches. One comment to a reviewer ("400barz"), who determined that the movie portrayed "individuals psychologically unsuited to the realities of war"!!!! Individuals who were for YEARS were subject to orders that would put them directly in the pathes of machine guns, who for years had to put up with the unbearable mud, waterlogged trenches, rats, who bloated on corpses, were the size of small dogs, poison gas, and death!! As this is the 90th anniversary of the Armistice I can safely assume that "400barz" did not serve in the trenches, and perhaps should therefore be more understanding that all human beings come to a point where horror overwhelms the senses - which by the way is NOT the individual tale of the soldiers involved in the movie. Needed to point out that the REALITY of the war IS depicted in the movie!

Paths of Glory
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1958

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