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Genre  Drama, Romance, War
Country  United States
7.8/10 IMDb

Director  Douglas Sirk
Music director  Miklos Rozsa
Language  English
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Writer  Orin Jannings, Erich Maria Remarque
Release date  July 9, 1958 (1958-07-09)
Based on  novel by Erich Maria Remarque
Awards  Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor
Cast  John Gavin (Ernst Graeber), Liselotte Pulver (Elizabeth Kruse Graeber), Jock Mahoney (Immerman), Don DeFore (Hermann Boettcher), Keenan Wynn (Reuter), Erich Maria Remarque (Professor Pohlmann)
Similar movies  Sex Tape, Aladdin, Sorry for the Disturbance, Ryia and Skina, ??? ?????, Dancing Queen
Tagline  Born out of the blazing passions of war!

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A Time to Love and a Time to Die is a 1958 Eastmancolor CinemaScope drama war film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring John Gavin. It is based on the book by the German author, Erich Maria Remarque, set on the Eastern Front, and in Nazi Germany. The film was dubbed All Quiet on the Eastern Front.


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Ernst Graeber is a German soldier stationed on the Eastern Front during the war's last days. He and fellow soldiers Steinbrenner and Hirschland are ordered to kill Russian civilians, but Hirschland commits suicide instead.

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Given his first furlough in two years, Ernst returns home to find his village bombed and parents gone. Elizabeth Kruse, daughter of his mother's doctor, tells him that her father is being held by the Gestapo as well. Constant air raids interrupt any peaceful moments while Ernst and Elizabeth enjoy their love.

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An old friend, Binding, a wealthy Nazi, welcomes Ernst to his home and prepares a feast for the newly wed couple, while a sympathetic professor, Pohlmann, offers his help, should they decide to flee the country.

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Ernst is ordered back to the front where he finds Steinbrenner about to shoot arrested Russian civilians. To prevent their shooting Ernst himself shoots Steinbrenner and frees them. One of the prisoners untouched by such sentimentally in a total war retrieves Steinbrenner's rifle and then shoots Graeber. He dies while reading a letter from Elizabeth, telling him that she is expecting their child.


  • John Gavin as Ernst Graeber
  • Liselotte Pulver as Elizabeth Kruse, married Graeber
  • Jock Mahoney as Immerman
  • Don DeFore as Hermann Boettcher
  • Keenan Wynn as Reuter
  • Erich Maria Remarque as Professor Pohlmann
  • Dieter Borsche as Captain Rahe
  • Barbara Rütting as Woman Guerrilla
  • Thayer David as Oscar Binding
  • Charles Régnier as Joseph
  • Dorothea Wieck as Frau Lieser
  • Kurt Meisel as Heini
  • Agnes Windeck as Frau Witte
  • Clancy Cooper as Sauer
  • John van Dreelen as Political Officer
  • Klaus Kinski as Gestapo Lieutenant
  • Alice Treff as Frau Langer
  • Alexander Engel as Mad Air Raid Warden
  • Jim Hutton as Hirschland (as Dana J. Hutton)
  • Bengt Lindström as Steinbrenner
  • Production

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    Remarque met Sirk in 1954 and the director persuaded the writer to adapt his own novel for the screen. ("I found him an extraordinarily understanding and capable man", said Remarque. "He knew what he wanted to do with my book.")

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    Universal decided to cast two relative unknowns in the lead. As studio executive Al Daff said:

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    We could have put two well-known personalities in it and proceeded on the basis of making a star vehicle. Or we could, as we decided to do, cast the story for believability and put into the lead roles talented, fresh performers who would not have to overcome the handicap of personality identification and could be accepted as a young Nazi officer and his sweetheart.

    At one stage Ann Harding was going to play a role.

    Filming took place in West Berlin, which Sirk had fled over 20 years before. Interiors were at CCC Studios. Gavin was accompanied by his wife who he had just married and they used the movie as an opportunity to honeymoon.

    Universal sent a screen test of Gavin to critics in advance of the film's release. Hedda Hopper saw a preview and predicted that Gavin will "take the public by storm and so will the picture, which should also put its co-star, Lilo Pulver in the top ten."


    The Los Angeles Times said the film wasn't as good as All Quiet on the Western Front but was "vivid, sometimes brutally shocking and, less often, emotionally moving."

    The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

  • 2002: AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions – Nominated
  • Box office

    The film was one of the most popular of the year in France.


  • Academy Award: Best Sound Recording (Leslie I. Carey) (1959)
  • Berlin Film Festival: Golden Bear (1958)
  • References

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