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Paths of Glory (1957) Movie Information

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Paths of Glory (1957)
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Overall Rank:

164

Avg. Rating:

3.27/4

# of Ratings:

170

Genres:

War, Drama

Rating:

NR

Language:

English

Theater Date:

10/12/1957

DVD Release:

10/26/2010

Director:

Stanley Kubrick

Actors:

Kirk Douglas
Ralph Meeker
Adolphe Menjou
George Macready
Richard Anderson
Wayne Morris

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

During World War I, soldiers refuse to fight as it appears certain death. The superior military decides to make an example out of them while one man (Douglas) defends them.

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Matthew Brady 07/05/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

This movie takes place During World War I, soldiers refuse to fight as it appears certain death. The superior military decides to make an example out of them while one man (Douglas) defends them. Stanley Kubrick the director of such dark and gritty movies and this movie is one of them. The movie has outstanding and the directing is brilliant, But there are some scenes that felt a bit slow in parts.

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Chris Kavan 09/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

This is just as brutal and unflinching as Full Metal Jacket, but Kubrick gives this a much more subdued touch - yet one that is no less powerful. A lot rests on the shoulders of Kirk Douglas, and he does an excellent job. It's a story that should be presented every generation.

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Gabe 06/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2.5/4 

This film just wasn't quite what I was expecting. It's more courtroom drama than war film. Kirk Douglas is excellent as the hero, the colonel who has to defend the accused in court, but I was was expecting a war film dammit, more along the lines of Saving Private Ryan. I get the social commentary on war that the film is trying to make, and for that I applaud Kubrick for pulling it off, but I still felt duped. Shame on me for not knowing what And for that this film is getting docked 1/2 of a star. Hannes Staudinger must get some mention here. I thought his camera work was superb.

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  memento_mori
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07/09/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A powerful feature

Kirk Douglas is amazing in this film. People have argued that his character is underdeveloped, but I find him to be perfect that way. You don't know much about him, but you get the sense that he's a cold man of war, who, when everyone else ducks during an explosion in a trench, will continue walking tall. That is the majority of his character until he finds out the men who stayed in the trenches are to be shot and he really let his principal, emotional side show.
The acting and the overall filling of the characters was also amazing. There are so many likable and so many unlikable characters, who simply use other soldiers and each other for their own benefit, when the main purpose of the war is for justice.

While this was a very powerful movie, I felt it needed more in certain scenes. ...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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04/09/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Paths of Glory review

"There are few things more fundamentally encouraging and stimulating than seeing someone else die." 701's Régiment Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) is challenged at court by the insensitive strict General Mireau (George Macready). Private Ferol (Timothy Carey), Private Arnaud (Joe Turkel) and Corporal Paris ((Ralph Meeker) were chosen to be court martial-ed. Beautifully scored with solid acting from all the cast. Definitely one of the best screenplays portryed on screen from the director with quotes: General Mireau: "Were not talking about the past. Were talking about the present." Col. Dax - "I can't believe that the noblest impulse for man - his compassion for another - can be completely dead here. Therefore, I humbly beg you... show mercy to these men." Father - "Death comes to us all."...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  Melon Head
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11/08/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Not a great war movie

For a movie that is rated so highly I feel disappointed.
Neither was it a great war movie, nor was it a great movie about justice/injustice (instead see 12 Angry Men).
Without the acting of Kirk Douglas the movie would have been a flop, the performance of the rest of the cast was below average.
Artillery constantly landing on friendlys without casualty (at least initially). The attack was a surprise-attack at sunrise so I can only imagine the artillery landing on the soldiers was from the allied artillery regiment and not the Germans. WTF. I know Artillery is known to drop short but seriously.
They should have had a scene of the men writing their swarn testimonies against the General. Obviously they were pissed off, they should have shown that.
Would have been nice to see the Gene...

Rating of
2.5/4 

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