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A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, War | 4 July 1958 (USA)
On the Russian front in 1944 German Private Ernst Graeber receives a leave and visits his family in Germany but Germany isn't the same country he left behind.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

Orin Jannings (screenplay), Erich Maria Remarque (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gavin ... Ernst Graeber
Liselotte Pulver ... Elizabeth Kruse Graeber (as Lilo Pulver)
Jock Mahoney ... Immerman
Don DeFore ... Hermann Boettcher
Keenan Wynn ... Reuter
Erich Maria Remarque ... Professor Pohlmann
Dieter Borsche ... Captain Rahe
Barbara Rütting ... Woman Guerrilla
Thayer David ... Oscar Binding
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Joseph
Dorothea Wieck ... Frau Lieser
Kurt Meisel ... Heini
Agnes Windeck Agnes Windeck ... Frau Witte
Clancy Cooper ... Sauer
John Van Dreelen ... Political Officer
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Storyline

In 1944, a company of German soldiers on the Russian front are numbed by the horrors and hardships of war when Private Ernst Graeber's long awaited furlough comes through. Back home in Germany, he finds his home bombed. While hopelessly searching for his parents, he meets lovely Elizabeth Kruse, daughter of a political prisoner; together they try to wrest sanity and survival from a world full of hatred. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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...There Was Nothing Else in the World Now...But Them! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | West Germany

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

4 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

There's a Time to Love See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Author Erich Maria Remarque's appearance in this film is a rare instance that an actual novelist appears in the filmed adaptation of his own novel. See more »

Goofs

When John Gavin takes Liselotte Schmid to the Germania club he leaves his belt and baton at reception. When he returns to the barracks he is wearing the belt and baton. It is unlikely he would retrieve the belt and baton from the bombed out club. See more »

Quotes

Professor Pohlmann: Without doubt, there would be no need for faith.
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Soundtracks

A TIME TO LOVE
(uncredited)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by Charles Henderson
Performed by uncredited blonde in cabaret scene
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A little-known classic
22 October 2004 | by ElgroovioSee all my reviews

I saw this fabulous tear-jerker purely by accident but I don't regret it one bit. In my opinion it's one of the best romantic war films ever made. This is mainly because the fabulous director Douglas Sirk doesn't allow it to become a soppy schmaltz. Also, the film is incredibly moving, especially in a scene at the beginning where a young man, unable to live with the guilt of having shot a woman, shoots himself. John Gavin is good as Ernst Graeber and his beloved is adequately played by Liselotte Pulver, but the most outstanding performance, I think, is by Charles Régnier as Joseph. If more war films were made like this then they would be much, much more watchable. The credit sequence at the beginning of the film is also very well done. Why don't more people know this masterpiece? Enjoy! (and don't forget the Kleenex) 10/10


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