All Quiet on the Western Front
Run Time: 129 min
3 Sides
Catalog No: 21005
Suggested List Price: $39.98
Issued: August 6, 1987
Theatrical Trailer

Unlike most "message" films which date themselves almost immediately, Lewis Milestone's low-key and deeply-felt screen adaptation of the Erich Maria Remarque anti-war novel has lost little of it's original impact. The plot follows a group of young German recruits in World War I through their passage from idealism to disillusionment. All Quiet on the Western Front is an anthology of now famous scenes: the central character, Ayres, trapped in a shell crater with a man he has killed; infrantrymen being mowed down to machine-gun visual rhythms; Ayres' pacifist speech to his astonished schoolmates; and the final shot of the soldier's hand reaching for a fatal butterfly.

Updated: May 30, 2001
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