Paths of Glory


Paths of Glory

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Paths of Glory is a transcendentally humane war movie from Stanley Kubrick, with impressive, protracted battle sequences and a knock-out ending.



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When soldiers in World War I refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superior officers decide to make an example of them.


Kirk Douglas
as Col. Dax
Adolphe Menjou
as Gen. Broulard
Ralph Meeker
as Cpl. Paris
George Macready
as Gen. Mireau
Wayne Morris
as Lt. Roget
Richard Anderson
as Maj. Saint-Auban
Joe Turkel
as Pvt. Arnaud
Timothy Carey
as Pvt. Ferol
Peter Capell
as Col. Judge
Susanne Christian
as The German Girl
Bert Freed
as Sgt. Boulanger
Kem Dibbs
as Pvt. LeJeune
Jerry Hausner
as Cafe Owner
Frederic Bell
as Shell-Shocked Soldier
Harold Benedict
as Capt. Nichols
John Stein
as Capt. Rousseau
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  • May 19, 2014
    Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is a classic film dealing with a different side of war, this is an anti war picture, and the way Kubrick tackles the subject is very well done, and he crafts a solid war drama that is thoroughly engaging from start to finish. The film boasts impressive performance, especially from Kirk Douglas. This is a classic antiwar picture, one that showcases Kubrick's directorial style perfectly, and he directs a simple, yet very effective story, which in turn just adds more depth to the tone of the film. Stanley Kubrick was a great filmmaker, and with Paths of Glory he delivers a classic that works very well because the story is simple, but it discusses an important issue, and that's usually what makes for a truly memorable and engrossing film to watch. Paths of Glory is a must watch for Kubrick fans, especially genre fans, and this is well paced affair, that is never dull, tedious or too long. The Length of the film is just right, and like I said, the film evokes important issues, and is a powerful film going experience, one that only Stanley Kubrick could have delivered, and this is a fine film that would show hints of what was to follow in his later work. Kubrick always made films that stood out cause of their subjects, and his work pushed boundaries and with Paths of Glory, this is a film that is significant in its message, and it's a film that you soon won't forget because not only is the story very good, but the acting is exceptional as well. Paths of Glory is a near perfect affair that ranks among the directors finest works.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2013
    Kirk Douglas is fantastic in this drama about a court martial during the First World War. Good drama that has several layers of nuance.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2013
    good movie but I find it quite annoying to hear French soldiers speaking English and Kirk Douglas is not believable as a French colonel so can' rate it higher as 6.5/10.
    William H Super Reviewer

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