All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

DVD - 2007 | Full frame version
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A group of young World War I German recruits pass from idealism to disillusionment with war.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, c2007
Edition: Full frame version
Branch Call Number: MOVIE ALL
833 R38i8
Language Note: Dialogue in English with optional subtitles in English or French
Closed-captioned
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hr., 12 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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A classic film about the horrors of the First World War based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel.


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SAPL454
Jul 27, 2019

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A super war movie with excellent actors!

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PG, 14+

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Derringer
Jun 04, 2019

If there's one thing that this 1930 production doesn't do, and, that is, paint a pretty picture of war (no matter whose side one might be fighting on).

"All Quiet On The Western Front" clearly shows the harsh realities of war from the non-glamorous perspective of one fighting on the front-lines in fierce battle.

Even though this film's story is a decidedly bleak, grim, and despairing depiction of war - I think that it is certainly worth a view strictly from its historical outlook on war-time matters.

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ManMachine
Jun 01, 2019

Let's face it, folks - Coming from the "less-than-glamorous" perspective of a common soldier who's been forced to fight in battle on the front-lines - War is, indeed, ugly business.

As is clearly evident here in "All Quiet On The Western Front" (from 1930) - There is certainly no honor and definitely no glory in war for the average serviceman.

Set in Europe during WW1 - This German production totally emphasized the utter hopelessness and sheer futility of war as seen through the disillusioned eyes of that country's infantrymen.

CircMary Aug 01, 2017

This is one of the greatest war films ever - in black & white or color. Based on the book that was published in 1929, the film is as pertinent today as when it was made. This deeply moving story is told from the point of view of a young German soldier, which gives WWI a new perspective. A must-view for anyone interested in the history of film.

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swyckl
May 06, 2017

I enjoyed this WW1 war DVD. It showed in a realistic way what war is really like. It is from a German perspective. It shows how the young were brainwashed at a young age. They were told to fight in a war without being told why they were fighting. Many of them did not want to be there. As the Germans were loosing the war, the soldiers were children. They had no armory, food or protection from the elements. The generals thought of them as expendable. It shows how bad war is. I feel it is important not to forget this lesson so it will not be repeated. The story was strong. It was well acted. It seemed realistic. You may feel sad watching this movie as I did.

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obadiah11
Apr 03, 2017

Soldiers went through hell during WW1. They basically were human practice targets as the world engaged in its first modern war. To make it even worse, the causes for the start of WW1 are still kind of vague and the end of it was incredibly pathetic as commanders still sent soldiers to their death until the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This great movie captures on a small scale what these heroes had to endure. This film is still relevant today and is a must see.

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msemos
Nov 25, 2015

a classic well worth watching.

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AQUILEA777
Nov 08, 2015

Condemns the delusion of military glory, now most applicable to ourselves.

fr1770 Apr 05, 2015

Depressing to see what soldiers went through; folks back at home never had a clue what was going on at the front lines.

EmilyBoban Feb 08, 2015

We watched this in History Class, it's really sad, it sincerely makes one reflect upon our soldiers and what they went though.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2013

Title card: "This story is neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war..."

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Monolith
Mar 09, 2013

Schoolmaster: "If you remember some deed of heroism; some touch of humility -- tell about it." Paul Bäumer: "I can't tell you anything you don't know... We live in the trenches out there... We fight... We try not to be killed... Sometimes we are... That's all..." Schoolmaster: "No! ...No, Paul!" Paul Bäumer: "I've been there! I know what it's like!" Schoolmaster: "But that's not what one dwells on, Paul!" Paul Bäumer: "I heard you in here reciting that same old stuff -- Making more "Iron Men"; more young heroes... You still think it's beautiful and sweet to die for your country, don't you? Well, we used to think you knew. The first bombardment taught us better. So dirty, and painful to die for your country... When it comes to dying for your country, it's better not to die at all! There are millions out there dying for their countries... And what good is it..."

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