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Plot, Details & Awards

All Quiet on the Western Front

(1930)
Not Rated In Theaters 04/29/1930 , 103min.
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Plot & Details

One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the harsh realities of combat. Director Lewis Milestone pioneered the use of the sweeping crane shot to capture a ghastly battlefield panorama of death and mud, and the cast, led by Lew Ayres, is terrific. It's hard to pick a favorite scene, but the finale, as Ayres stretches from his trench to catch a butterfly, is one of the most devastating sequences of the decade. The film won Oscars for Best Picture and for Milestone's direction -- and trivia buffs should note that the actors were coached by future luminary George Cukor, while Ayres became a conscientious objector in World War II. The Road Back (1937) followed, and the film was remade for television in 1979.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1929 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Lewis Milestone Won
1929 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Arthur Edeson Nominated
1929 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

Film Daily

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1930 Film Daily 10 Best Films Won

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1930 National Board of Review Best Picture Won

New York Times

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1930 New York Times 10 Best Films Won

Photoplay

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1930 Photoplay Award Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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