All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Lew Ayres
Director: Lewis Milestone Cast: Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres
, Louis Wolheim
Louis Wolheim
, John Wray
John Wray
Lewis Milestone

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Overview

One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the harsh realities of combat. Director Lewis Milestone pioneered the use of the sweeping crane shot to capture a ghastly battlefield panorama of death and mud, and the cast, led by Lew Ayres, is terrific. It's hard to pick a favorite scene, but the finale, as Ayres stretches from his trench to catch a butterfly, is one of the most devastating sequences of the decade. The film won Oscars for Best Picture and for Milestone's direction -- and trivia buffs should note that the actors were coached by future luminary George Cukor, while Ayres became a conscientious objector in World War II. The Road Back (1937) followed, and the film was remade for television in 1979.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2018
UPC: 0191329055151
Original Release: 1930
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 2:13:00
Sales rank: 20,846

Special Features

Introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne; Rarely seen "silent" version presented by the Library of Congress; 100 years of Universal: restoring the classics; 100 years of Universal: Academy Award winners

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lew Ayres Paul Baumer
Louis Wolheim Katczinsky
John Wray Himmelstoss
Raymond Griffith Gerard Duval
George "Slim" Summerville Tjaden
Scott Kolk Leer
Walter Browne Rogers Behm
Ben Alexander Kemmerick
Owen Davis Peter
Harold Goodwin Detering
G. Pat Collins Lieutenant Bertinck
Richard Alexander Westhus
Arnold Lucy Professor Kantorek
Edmund Breese Herr Mayer
Bill Irving Ginger
Marion Clayton Miss Baumer
Beryl Mercer Mrs. Baumer
Edwin Maxwell Mr. Baumer
Yola D'Avril Suzanne
Bertha Mann Sister Libertine
Joan Marsh Poster Girl

Technical Credits
Lewis Milestone Director

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