I don't think there's been an anti-war film showing the brutality, futility and sheer madness as this 1930 gem. The 1979 version doesn't come close to capturing the disillusion that these young, idealistc men soon have to face. And still those who espouse war continue to brainwash the next generation to join up, even though it's virtually been lost. Lew Ayres' performance is heartbreaking in its innocence and the shattering of that innocence. I didn't find the acting over the top. If it is - it's because war itself is over the top. Over 80 years this film is, and it puts films of today to shame. When something is done right, age merely continues to show that, as it does with this. I don't know how Remarque felt about this film adaption of his novel, but it's a beauty.
For a film that's over 80 years old this anti-war story still packs a punch. Sure the acting style is over the top (now) but performances are, generally excellent. Battle footage is extremely realistic and there is no Hollywood ending for these German soldiers. Powerful.
A war movie of 1930 that is still very good watch today! The message is clear. The war scenes realistic (without the obligatory blood and guts of today's war movies). It shows the stupidity of war and even more stupid the trench war fare..... Many millions of ppl dies and not an inch of ground was gained ....
seriously worth watching!
It is digitally remastered but the sound was still not good.. and the era's over-acting were the reasons to deduct a star!
Ahead of its time and still relevant today, the original 'All Quiet On The Western Front' presents the uncompromising, soul destroying horror of World War I from the point of view of an average German soldier.
Considering when this was made, it is an extremely good movie. However, the reason I do not give it a five is because I've read the book and they changed the main character to look heroic and brave, when really he was just a normal person, a fly on the wall, didn't do much at all.
A 1930 movie classic. A "message" movie, but an important one. Is a true all-time classic.
This was made in 1930 (can’t remember when the book was written), and we are still making similar mistakes… sigh. The movie is showing it’s age but the poignant themes are still relevant today. Not very subtle and you have got to love 1930’s over acting, but it stands up well. A good example of the book being better than the movie though.
Read the book to try to understand what the directoer is trying to do. Then see this movie. It is over-acted but that was the style of the day when it was filmed. It is like watching a stage play but is a great companion to the book.
An actual anti-war movie (rather than anti-military) which has some very good battle scenes which depict the true terror of war. No heroes in this movie, only suffering and death. An antidote to much of the usual sanitised war drivle coming out of Hollywood.
Over the top acting. No involvement with the characters. All bombs nothing else