All Quiet on The Western Front (1979)

#1
Sure the original came out in the 30s but I like this one since its more dramatic and in colour! I've had this film on VHS, DVD, download 'cough!' and at the moment I am watching it on Netflix.

What is amazing about the version on Netflix, is that there are so many cut scenes in it which did not appear in either VHS, DVD formats! I don't want to post any spoilers, but there are certain scenes which add up why Himmelstoss was despised so much. There are scenes where you learn far more about the characters and their motives why they enlisted.

Ive not read the book yet, but its next on my list after seeing this version of the film.
 
#2
IF you can get past the Germans using Austrian M95 rifles and Swarloze machineguns, it isn't terribly bad.
 
#3
I was only thinking about this film the other day. I'd agree that the 70s version is better than the 30s version for the very reasons you stated. But it's the fact its got John boy Walton and Dominic santini in it. I just feel it could do with a remake.
 
#4
IF you can get past the Germans using Austrian M95 rifles and Swarloze machineguns, it isn't terribly bad.
One can hardly credit such deception from Hollywood. I haven't felt this used since realising that The Battle of the Bulge wasn't made with real Tiger tanks. All Quiet on the Western Front was the first film I watched on VCR in 1982.
 
#5
I have the book and both film versions and of the films I prefer the original version ... some of the panned scenes including the shelling attack on the train and the assault by the French seem to be ahead of their time ... and the background behaviour of troops outside that of the main participants seemed to capture reality ...perhaps it is my age but the B/W version in parts is almost as if filmed during WW1 .
 
#6
In the scene where The Kaiser presents Iron Cross medals, looking at his ribbon bars, it appears a couple of the ribbons were of WW2 era. The blue ribbons appear to have small Nazi Eagles on them. Weren't blue ribbons SS long service?
 
#7
The 79 version was ok but I prefer the original version. I've got it on DVD and often watch it when the house is empty.
The actor who played Kat in the original died the following year with cancer, he played a good part in it.
 
#8
In the scene where The Kaiser presents Iron Cross medals, looking at his ribbon bars, it appears a couple of the ribbons were of WW2 era. The blue ribbons appear to have small Nazi Eagles on them. Weren't blue ribbons SS long service?
They made a few mistakes with the German uniforms in the 79 version, I think I read that they wear WW2 style leather straps that are Y shaped instead of straight, and used British bayonets in some scenes.
 
#9
I have the book and both film versions and of the films I prefer the original version ... some of the panned scenes including the shelling attack on the train and the assault by the French seem to be ahead of their time ... and the background behaviour of troops outside that of the main participants seemed to capture reality ...perhaps it is my age but the B/W version in parts is almost as if filmed during WW1 .
Banned in Italy until 1956.

To ensure authenticity, director Lewis Milestone instructed the studio to try to find out if there were any World War I German army veterans living in the Los Angeles area, so he could have them authenticate German uniforms, equipment, etc. So many were found that Milestone cast a lot of them as German officers in the film, and had them drill the extras playing German troops (the scene where they are laying communication wire in the forward trenches was led by a former German soldier whose job during the war was to do exactly that).
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With the loss of limbs and gory deaths shown rather explicitly, this is undoubtedly the most violent American film of its time. This is because the Production Code was not strictly enforced until 1934, and also because Universal Pictures deemed the subject matter important enough to allow the violence to be seen.

Lewis Milestone's attention to detail - and desire to be as authentic as possible - was such that the chief sanitary inspector of Orange County, California, insisted that production be halted while he check on the sanitary conditions of the trenches built for the film.
 
#10
Ive not read the book yet, but its next on my list after seeing this version of the film.
Terrific read! Felt like having three showers to get rid of the lice when I was done, and that was almost thirty years ago. Must have reread it at least three times before I lent it to a mate and never saw it again.

The original film was on late one night here a few months ago. It runs rings around the later John Boy version. I was looking forward to seeing the '79 remake, but felt he was a terrible piece of casting that diminished the film's power. An unknown name would have been a better option.
 
#13
Thanks Filthy, had no idea there was a sequel. I've just noticed Remarque has written a couple more as well. He certainly creates vivid imagery.
 
#14
One can hardly credit such deception from Hollywood. I haven't felt this used since realising that The Battle of the Bulge wasn't made with real Tiger tanks. All Quiet on the Western Front was the first film I watched on VCR in 1982.
Well I believe it was filmed in Czechoslovakia and was a ITC product. hard to use Tiger tanks in film when like 4 exist and only 1 runs. Just realized I made a mistake they were Turkish style mausers instead of Gew98's
 
#16
An unknown name would have been a better option.
I thought Richard Thomas played the part well. Him and Mr Borgnine went well together.
 

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#18
Well I believe it was filmed in Czechoslovakia and was a ITC product. hard to use Tiger tanks in film when like 4 exist and only 1 runs. Just realized I made a mistake they were Turkish style mausers instead of Gew98's
Battle of the Bulge was filmed in Spain and the Tank scenes were filmed on a military range just outside Washington.
Wile a Tiger is hard to get hold off they could have at least got a Sherman or two.

Kelly's Hero's was filmed in Czechoslovakia and at least they mocked up T 34's to look like Tigers
 

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One can hardly credit such deception from Hollywood. I haven't felt this used since realising that The Battle of the Bulge wasn't made with real Tiger tanks. All Quiet on the Western Front was the first film I watched on VCR in 1982.
What is even worse is that none of the participants in either film actually fought in those battles! Bloody disgrace and the producer, ,director and prop people should be executed.

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#20
Agreed. Must have caused an awful lot of confusion among US audiences.
Not really, Thomas had already played a Mong been in Roots II, by the time of this Which I saw on TV when it debuted

IIRC hes also played a serial killer or three
 

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