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A Time to Love and a Time to Die (9-Jul-1958)

Director: Douglas Sirk

Writer: Orin Jannings

From novel: Zeit zu Leben und Zeit zu Sterben by Erich Maria Remarque

Keywords: Romantic Drama, WWII

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Thayer David
4-Mar-1927 17-Jul-1978 Jergens in Rocky
Don DeFore
25-Aug-1913 22-Dec-1993 Mr. B. on Hazel
John Gavin
8-Apr-1928   Julius Caesar in Spartacus
Jim Hutton
31-May-1934 2-Jun-1979 Ellery Queen
Klaus Kinski
18-Oct-1926 23-Nov-1991 Nosferatu the Vampyre
Jock Mahoney
7-Feb-1919 14-Dec-1989 Yancy Derringer
Erich Maria Remarque
22-Jun-1898 25-Sep-1970 All Quiet on the Western Front
Keenan Wynn
27-Jul-1916 14-Oct-1986 Col. Bat Guano in Dr. Strangelove


Review by anonymous (posted on 30-Dec-2006)

I saw this film as a boy and it changed my life. Before seeing it my goal in life was to be a Green Beret soldier. This film made me realize for the first time that enemy soldiers are humans with the same wants, needs, family concerns that we have. Before seeing this film, I had a naive boy's sense of being a soldier, and the enemy was totally impersonal. I would recommend this film to everyone, and would love to see it again myself if I could find it.

Review by anonymous (posted on 26-Jun-2006)

This film is strongly anti-NAZI in both content and delivery. It is secondarily anti-war. It promotes a common theme in war films of this period, a focus on lower ranking soldiers placed in difficult circumstances and confronted by moral decisions on a regular basis. The inner conflict is virtually identical to that portrayed in many World War II movies; that of national and personal loyalties in conflict with religious and humanist teachings about right and wrong. I would recommend this film for high school age and over. Similar themes are found in such films as THE YOUNG LIONS, CROSS OF IRON, and several other movies which deal with WW II from the German perspective.

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