Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasance, Ian Holm, Patricia Neal
In recent years, HBO has solidified itself as TV’s epicenter of war cinema, strong-arming Emmy and Golden Globe awards for such awe-inspiring miniseries as Band Of Brothers, Generation Kill, and The Pacific. But the Home Box Office network isn’t the only channel that’s earned its place in the battlefield drama ranks.
Back in ’79, CBS enlisted with a powerful adaptation of German author Erich Maria Remarque’s seminal anti-war novel All Quiet On The Western Front, about a reluctant young soldier, Paul Baumer (Richard Thomas), fighting for the German army during World War I. The film’s centerpiece is Baumer’s tragic, and tautly staged, encounter with a French combatant, but All Quiet On The Western Front is also notable for its depiction of how a psychologically battered soldier’s time spent back home can be just as traumatic.
6. All Quiet On The Western Front (1979)