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Year: 1957
Original Title: Paths of Glory
Length: 87 minutes
Genre: War, Drama
Studios: United Artists
Age rating: To be shown only in specially licensed cinemas to adults of not less than 18 years
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Release Dates

United Kingdom: December 20 1957

United States: December 20 1957

Ranking

Ranking: 3,092 out of 16,361 movies (up 598)

Ranked #168 in list 'The best movies ever'

8,9

8.9 by 17 users

Plot

Adapting Humphrey Cobb's novel to the screen, director Stanley Kubrick and his collaborators Calder Willingham and Jim Thompson set out to make a devastating anti-war statement, and they succeeded above and beyond the call of duty. In the third year of World War I, the erudite but morally bankrupt French general Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his troops to seize the heavily fortified "Ant Hill" from the Germans. General Mireau (George MacReady) knows that this action will be suicidal, but he will sacrifice his men to enhance his own reputation. Against his better judgment, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas) leads the charge, and the results are appalling. When, after witnessing the slaughter of their comrades, a handful of the French troops refuse to leave the trenches, Mireau very nearly orders the artillery to fire on his own men. Still smarting from the defeat, Mireau cannot admit to himself that the attack was a bad idea from the outset: he convinces himself that loss of Ant Hill was due to the cowardice of his men.

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Cast Paths of Glory

George Macready

George Macready

Gen. Paul Mireau

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas

Col. Dax

Ralph Meeker

Ralph Meeker

Cpl. Philippe Paris

Adolphe Menjou

Adolphe Menjou

Gen. George Broulard

Wayne Morris

Wayne Morris

Lt. Roget

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Maj. Saint-Auban

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