All Quiet on the Western Front Overview:

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by Carl Laemmle Jr..

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Erich Maria Remarque published in 1929.


Based on Erich Maria Remarque's timeless antiwar novel, this moving film follows a group of German recruits during WWI as they make their personal journey from patriotism to disillusionment. Shot on an epic scale with an impressive budget of $1.25 million, the film's realism and visual art created a sensation. Author (and war veteran) Remarque was forced by the reaction to the film to relocate from his native Germany to the United States.

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All Quiet on the Western Front was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1990.

Academy Awards 1929/30 --- Ceremony Number 3 (source: AMPAS)

Best Cinematography(Arthur Edeson)Nominated
Best DirectorLewis MilestoneWon
Best PictureUniversalWon
Best Writing(George Abbott), (Maxwell Anderson), (Del Andrews)Nominated

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By Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 12, 2023 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Last year I chose the German-made adaptation of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT as the best film of 2022. After I wrote a blog post on it a few people mentioned the 1979 TV film of the novel, which I had never seen. Recently I bought an 8-movie DVD set of action films from Edward R. Hamilton Booksell... Read full article

All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

By Alyson on Feb 4, 2023 From The Best Picture Project

Edward Berger?s All Quiet on the Western Front starts with a moment of juxtaposition. We are shown the beautiful winter forest in France, and then a family of foxes sleeping, nestled in their foxhole. A foxhole as nature intended. Then we are shown a gruesome, overhead shot of a nearby battlefield. ... Read full article


By Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 7, 2022 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

Erich Maria Remarque's acclaimed novel about World War One, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, was adapted into an Academy Award-winning, legendary film by Universal Studios in 1930. This year brings a new movie version of the book, made in Europe and featuring a mainly German cast & crew. I viewed... Read full article

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 16, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm writing about the World War I drama All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), starring Lew Ayres (left) and Louis Wolheim. This article is part of Banned and Blacklisted: The CMBA Fall 2017 Blogathon. You can read the other entries here. "Death is not an adventure to those who stand... Read full article

ClassicFlix (Teen Scene): All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

By Virginie Pronovost on Jun 28, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it?s now more difficult to access to the old version and read t... Read full article

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Quotes from

Katczinsky: I'll tell you how it should all be done. Whenever there's a big war comin' on, you should rope off a big field...
Cigar-smoking soldier: And sell tickets.
Katczinsky: Yeah. And --- And on the big day, you should take all the kings and their cabinets and their generals, put 'em in the center dressed in their underpants, and let 'em fight it out with clubs. The best country wins.
[everybody murmurs in agreement]
Paul Bäumer: Well, now that Kat's settled everything, let's go see Kemmerick.

Paul Bäumer: You still think it's beautiful to die for your country. The first bombardment taught us better. When it comes to dying for country, it's better not to die at all.

Mueller: Listen, the sum of an arithmetic series is S = A + L times N over 2. Interesting, isn't it?
Katczinsky: What do you want to learn that stuff for...? One day you'll stop a bullet and it'll all be worthless.

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Facts about

Banned in Italy until 1956.
The silent (synchronised sound, non-dialogue) version premiered 73 years after the film's release (in the UK, that is) at the Watershed in Bristol on Sunday 23 November 2003.
The first sound film of director Lewis Milestone.
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All Quiet on the Western Front

Released 1930
Inducted 1990

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