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801 Ratings

All Quiet on the Western Front

Directed by Lewis Milestone
United States, 1930
Action, War, Drama


The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War I by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals.

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All Quiet on the Western Front Directed by Lewis Milestone

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1930 | 2 wins including: Best Picture

1930 | 2 nominations including: Best Writing, Achievement

National Board of Review

1930 | Winner: Top Ten Films

National Film Preservation Board

1990 | Winner: National Film Registry

Kinema Junpo Awards

1931 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film - Sound

Critics reviews

Milestone’s adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s 1929 novel emphasizes the twin themes of suffering and helplessness through all the tools in sound cinema’s ever-increasing toolbox while enlisting the elegiac formal perfection of the late silents, creating a film of lyrical beauty and punishing realism that Hollywood failed to equal in a war film until well after World War II.
July 13, 2012
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Give it up to Milestone for directing battle sequences that still have the power to astonish over 80 years later, even compared to the groundbreaking contemporary films they directly influenced (namely Saving Private Ryan and its knockoffs). Actually, just give it up to him period, because the entire film is sensationally directed, to the point where it much more closely resembles late silents than early talkies.
March 05, 2012
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