All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1979)
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Movie poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Delbert Mann
Release Date 1979
Language English
Studio Norman Rosemont Productions
Distributor ITC Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
Paul Bäumer Richard Thomas
Stanislaus Katczinsky Ernest Borgnine
Kantorek Donald Pleasence
Himmelstoss Ian Holm
Paul’s Mother Patricia Neal
Peter Leer Dominic Jephcott
Detering Ewan Stewart
Paul’s Father Michael Sheard


All Quiet on the Western Front is the 1979 television film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's antiwar novel that had been previously adapted as a 1930 feature film.


The following weapons were used in the film All Quiet on the Western Front (1979):

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Rifles

Turkish Mauser

Throughout the movie most of the German soldiers can be inaccurately seen using Turkish Model 1903's as a stand-in for the similar German Gewehr 98. You can tell it is a Mauser 1903 by the lack of the Langes Visier rear sight, finger groove seen on most Gewehr 98's, and the characteristic front barrel band seen on the Mauser 98 and many of its derivatives.

Mauser Model 1903 Rifle - 7.65 x 53mm
Main character with the Mauser 1903 and attached bayonet
German soldiers in training with Mauser 1903's
A shot of the left side of the Mauser.
Another shot of the Mauser in action.
German soldiers with Mauser 1903's

Lebel 1886

The historically accurate French Lebel 1886 can be seen used by most of the French Soldiers.

French Lebel M1886 Rifle - 8 x 50mm Lebel
French soldiers with the Lebel 1886
French soldiers with the Lebel 1886
Paul Baumer (Richard Thomas) after severely wounding an French soldier he realizes that the two of them are not that different and shows some compassion by trying to help him.

Machine Guns

ZB-53 / Vz.37 (Maxim MG08 mockup)

In the first scene where French soldiers attack the German trench and in some later battle scenes, a ZB-53 / Vz.37, modified to look like a Maxim MG08 can be seen.

An original Maxim MG08, heavy machine gun
An original Czechoslovakian ZB-53 / Vz.37.
German soldiers with the modified ZB53.

Maxim MG08

In a brief shot a genuine Maxim MG08 is seen on the battlefield.

An original Maxim MG08, heavy machine gun
This looks like a genuine Maxim MG08 compared to the ZB-53 mockup. This Maxim is not fired on screen.

Hotchkiss M1909

In the first battle scene, a mounted Hotchkiss M1909 is used by a French soldier.

Hotchkiss Model 1909 - 8x50mm R
French soldier with the Hotchkiss M1909

Hand Grenades

Model 24 hand grenade

The Model 24 Stielhandgranate is used in numerous occasions by German soldiers. It is an anachronism as the Model 24 was manufactured from 1924, after WWI. It should be a Model 17 Stielhandgranate, but M17 dummy grenades were unavailable.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
German soldier with Model 24
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Model 43 hand grenade

Paul Baumer (Richard Thomas) used in fight also anachronistic Model 43 Stielhandgranate.

Model 43 Stielhandgranate high-explosive hand grenade with fragmentation sleeve.
Paul Baumer (Richard Thomas) with a Model 43 Stielhandgranate in his hand.



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