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1930 Oscar-winning movie about what was then called the Great War
All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic pre-Code war film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. Directed by Lewis Milestone, it stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John Wray, Arnold Lucy and Ben Alexander.

Cast and Crew

Lew AyresPaul Bäumer
Lewis Milestonedirector

Video Products

All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics), 6 Feb 2007


Memorial Day Alternative, by Butler Shaffer, 16 May 2007
Short summaries of anti-war films with rankings (as a number of *'s [1-3]) in terms of importance
** All Quiet on the Western Front – won the Oscar (1930) for best film and best director. A very good anti-war film — from the perspective of some young Germans. I particularly like it because it stars one of the few real heroes from Hollywood, Lew Ayres, who refused to be conscripted into the army during World War II, a decision that virtually ruined his Hollywood career.


All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), by Stephen W. Carson
This classic film is every bit as good as [its] reputation promises. Often censored in countries whooping it up for war, this is one of the great anti-war films of all time. At the beginning of the film, young German students are encouraged to volunteer in World War I by their professor: 'Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. Sweet and fitting it is to die for the fatherland.'
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    by Jon Osborne, Miss Liberty's Guide to Film and Video, 2001
This is a first-rate film, based on one of the great novels of the twentieth century. ... this film's message is so timeless and is delivered with such flair that governments preparing for war have sometimes paid it the ultimate compliment—by banning it.
The Great Anti-War Films: All Quiet on the Western Front, by Rick Gee, 4 Sep 2001
Those of us who oppose the perpetual wars of the state should see it (or see it again) to reinforce our viewpoint. Those who support Leviathan's Total War should screw up the courage to see this significant film and ask themselves these questions: do I really support the state sending my loved ones to meet such a demise?

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