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





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Adapted from Erich Maria Remarque's novel, this WW II drama is about a young idealist German soldier who, while searching for his parents in the rubble of his hometown, falls in love with a young girl and marries her during his furlough. He then must leave her to return to war.
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John Gavin
as Ernst Graeber
Erich Maria Remarque
as Professor Pohlmann
Liselotte Pulver
as Elizabeth Kruse
Keenan Wynn
as Reuter
Jock Mahoney
as Immerman
Don DeFore
as Boettcher
Dieter Borsche
as Capt. Rahe
Barbara Rütting
as Woman Guerrilla
Thayer David
as Oscar Binding
Dorothea Wieck
as Frau Lieser
Kurt Meisel
as Heini
Agnes Windeck
as Frau Witte
John Van Dreelen
as Political Officer
Klaus Kinski
as Gestapo Lieutenant
Alice Treff
as Frau Langer
Dana J. Hutton
as Hirschland
Jim Hutton
as Hirschland
Wolf Harnisch
as Sgt. Muecke
Karl Ludwig Lindt
as Dr. Karl Fresenburg
Lisa Helwig
as Frau Kleinert
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Critic Reviews for A Time to Love and a Time to Die

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Douglas Sirk's haunting masterpiece wartime romance story is set in 1944.

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Audience Reviews for A Time to Love and a Time to Die


a wonderful film and one of the finest of sirk's career. even john gavin can't spoil it. a rare look at world war 2 from the german soldier's point of view. sirk's own son died a soldier on the russian front after he was forced to leave him behind in germany so this was an extremely personal project for him

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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The film is a total melo, if you like loud music, people crying and couples kissing, that's for you. Otherwise... you're in for two looooooong hours full of bad conscience, frustration and historical incomprehension. Frankly the whole thing is really morally dubious on top of being artistically uninteresting. Everything's heavy in this film: humour, metaphors, the camera movements, etc. It brings nothing to our understanding of either the war or the human condition, you're better off watching about any other wwii flick randomly chosen.

Ben Gui
Ben Gui

Creating a sympathetic view of Germans is done more successfully in All Quiet on the Western Front, perhaps because that war doesn't have such awful baggage with it. Still, Sirk manages fairly well. There are few surprises here, it's your typical "the human side of war" story. But it's handled deftly... though the Technicolor occasionally threatens to beautify things too much, for the most part it's kept in check. Bonus point for a brief appearance by Klaus Kinski, in one of his earliest roles.

Martin Teller
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