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Plot: A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Runtime: 131 mins Release Date: 14 Nov 1979
This is one of the best anti- war movies ever! (by philip_vanderveken)
I know that many people over here think this movie isn't as good as the original one from 1930. I believe you, but I can't help asking myself how many of you really have seen the original version? Or is it because you know this is 'just' a remake? I only know the version from 1979, but I'm really impressed with it. I already saw it several times, but I never got bored with it once. I keep enjoying it time after time. It gives you a view on how it was at the time. The inspiring, but childish patriotism at the beginning of the war, the hard training, the awful conditions at <more>
the front and the loss of innocence and the disillusions at home... It shows it all. This movie gives you an accurate view on what being an ordinary soldier during World War One was like and is therefor alone already worth a 9/10. But the acting, the good script, the feeling which it leaves you behind with... make that I give it an even higher score. 10/10 is the only correct score according to me. I believe this is one of the best anti- war movies ever.This movie is one of the things which sparked my interest in everything that has something to do with the First World War. All over the world there are only a handful of veterans of this war left. Soon, accurate movies like this one, history books, cemeteries and museums will the only things left about it. That's also why this movie is so important to me.
A Review of "Western" Number 2 The TV Movie (by happipuppi13)
Two things that are very tricky to do in Hollywood:Remake a classic movie and make a great TV movie. In the case of the 1979 version of "A.Q.O.T.W.F." both of these challenges have been met. The most incredible casting to me is Richard Thomas John Boy on "The Waltons" . Most definitely shedding that image in this movie Thomas gives an incredible performance. He even uses God's name in a way I never would in a hospital scene. To do that on TV back then was "really" taboo and the only other time was Carrol O'Conner on "All In The Family".What <more>
we see is that Thomas' character, over time, becomes destroyed internally by killing. Even after going home on leave after getting shot he later returns to the fighting! He feels that,he's not the man that he was going in.His classmates are either killed or lose their minds or disappear,which is nothing like the picture the class instructor at their school painted about "fighting for the fatherland".Ernest Borgnine 89 this year is great as Kat the front line soldier who's seen it all over the last 2 years 1914-1916 . He shows the new fighters what they really need to know at the front and that they should forget everything they learned at training camp. For a TV movie in the 1970's,this is about as real as they could get and while today some of the images are common,back then it was a daring piece of film-making and normally,TV network executives frown on being "too real".Just like my rating for the original,it's ten stars. For all of it. Scene 1 to the final shot. See this movie,both of them! END
the welsh guy was good a bit stiff up to the conclusion convincing nonetheless war really is horrible
john boy goes to war (by deanofrpps)
i never thought much of either richard thomas john boy walton or ernest borgnine until i saw this movie... it is hard to play the enemy's point of view and to see them as human ,,, the french author putting aside centuries of hate daringly wrote the masterpiece on which this film was based and an american cast did well in portraying real huns germans magnifient performance by earnest borgnine in the role of the hardened soldier who's a true humanist under all the crust ,,, borgine transcended his past in the long playing service comedy McHales Navyrichard thomas does well as the <more>
shool boy caught up in the torrents of the time ,,, considering this was a role once played by the gifted actor Lew Ayres, Richard Thomas shows he has matured from the days of the banal family show the waltonsthe battle scenes and the retreat are frightening and realistic ,,, the medals bye the bye all land in the hands of cpl himmelbaum who has to be coaxed out of his fox holecomparable films: Breaker Morant, We Were Soldiers, Jacobs Ladder
Powerful conveyance of WW1! (by TheLittleSongbird)
I saw this film at school, and was very impressed. I don't think it is quite as good as Regeneration, one of the few movies when it was better than the book, or as powerful in emotion as the 1930s film. I haven't read the book by Remarque, but my best friend has, and tells me it is very good. Anyway the film is beautifully shot, and truly does have a powerful conveyance of the first world war, with the personification of the guns, and the memorable dialogue. The acting was what made the film. Ernest Borgnine was the star of the film, with a firm but rather fatherly portrayal of the <more>
superior, very reminiscent of Osborne in the play "Journey's End". I liked Ian Holm too. But for me, the biggest surprise was Richard Thomas in the lead. His performance was more than decent, though I confess I actually don't like Thomas that much! I hate the character of John Boy Walton All Quiet on the Western Front not only shows the physical conditions of WW1 but also the psychological and emotional aspects, that some WW1 literature forget to convey. In conclusion, a thoughtful and harrowing film, though not quite as good as the 1930s classic. 9/10 Bethany Cox.
I got to watch this on Midday TV along time ago.I enjoyed it so much i found the original 1930 Oscar version and enjoyed that a lot too.Never read the book. but for me it is by far the best War film i have seen.Either version is great...but i prefer the 1979 version.If it was not made for TV it would now have had a lot more exposure than the original 1930 version.I think it would be nice if they re-released this film...prehaps Digitally enhanced and added special effects.Mainly so as they could attract a new audience, and they could get to experience it as well.
Very good (by fadedGlory)
This is a very good anti-war movie. It shows how the young and naive are being brain-washed to think that somehow it is their duty to kill and die. Big words like Fatherland, Kaiser, God, Patriotism. But it is always the young generation that does the dying, whilst the old men discuss strategy over a beer. War has lost whatever legitimacy it ever may have had when the leaders left the front line to lead from the back, safe in their headquarters miles away from the killing. Sending young boys to their death whilst claiming it is eventually for the Good is the ultimate cowardice. Some get their <more>
come-uppance, such as Cpl Himmelstoss, but most live their lives in the comfortable cocoon of their self-righteousness the school teacher, the father, the Kaiser himself.But sometimes a young soldier sees through the scam, as when Paul kills a Frenchman by sheer instinct, only too late realising what he has been forced to do to someone who might have been his brother. But even then the cultural impregnation is too strong for him to follow his true human feelings and draw the only logical conclusion. And of course in the end he pays the price himself. Destroyed - for what?That is the lesson that we all should take to heart, to this very day.A very good film based on an exceptional book.
Great adaptation of superb anti-war classic (by faraaj-1)
The made for TV and 'remake' labels have tended to devalue All Quiet on the Western Front. With successors like Das Boot and Saving Private Ryan, it also seems less visionary now. However, All Quiet on the Western Front is a superb adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic novel. The novel, published in 1929 by the 31 yr old Remarque was an instant classic. I remember reading it nearly two decades ago and its still one of the best books I've ever read. The Hollywood adaptation starring Lew Ayres - director Lewis Milestones greatest achievement - was very good as testified <more>
by its IMDb status. The remake is better! The remake is more intelligent, the cast is great and the period detail is extraordinary. The director - Delbert Mann - is an experienced veteran with classics like Marty to his credit. All Quiet is his magnum opus, released on TV because theatre owners didn't see it making any money. Naturally very few people watch message movies. Fewer still would make the effort to rent a "made for TV" film. Hardly anyone would watch this when they can see the original instead - a film with a more famous pedigree.This adaptation is very faithful to the novel. Even with minor changes in the ending, the basic spirit of the book is retained. The cast is uniformly excellent with Richard Thomas playing the central role of Paul. Donald Pleasance, Ian Holm and Ernest Borgnine all give uniformly good performances in character driven and memorable roles. It could be said that Ernest Borgnine is too old and too fat to be a corporal. True, but on an emotional level be fits brilliantly into the role and his physicality really lends an element of humanity to him. The war scenes would rank very high in anyones list but for Saving Private Ryan's gritty realism. I loved the old German town from where Paul and his friends come. It looks straight out of the 1910's. All the period details are top notch. I strongly recommend watching this unheralded classic.
This 1979 remake of Lewis Milestones 1930 classic anti war film tells the story of German youths who enlist in the Kaisers army to fight for the Fatherland in the great war. Based on the masterful novel by Erich Maria Remarque the youths who join at the encouragement of their schoolteacher with dreams of glory quickly learn the horror of war. Some parts of this version are better than the original and in others the 1930 version still stands outIan Holm's portrayal of Himmelstoss the sadistic drill instructor comes off somewhat better than in the original. In this version he is not the <more>
boys hometown postman so the viewer only sees him as the stern and cruel D.I.. His cowardice scene is also handled better. Veteran actor Ernest Borgnine as Kat the group leader is only a tad off as being as good as Louis Wolheims. Richard Thomas as Paul Baumer the central figure is about neck and neck with Lew Ayres original. Donald Pleasance is convincing as Kantorek the boys schoolteacher who tells them their plans for the future must be put on hold in favor of serving the Fatherland. Both this and the 1930 recently restored version should be watched back to back if possible.Many films that are remade often times do not stand up to their original counterparts but this 1979 film does. Considering it was a made for TV film makes that quite an accomplishment. If you enjoyed Saving Private Ryan you'll enjoy this one as well.