Rent Paths of Glory (1957)

4.1 of 5 from 221 ratings
1h 24min
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Synopsis:
Safe their picturesque chateau behind the front lines, the French General Staff passes down a direct order to Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas): take the Ant Hill at any cost. A blatant suicide mission, the attack is doomed to failure. Covering up their fatal blunder, the Generals order the arrest of three innocent soldiers, charging them with cowardice and mutiny. Dax, a lawyer in civilian life, rises to the men's defense but soon realizes that, unless he can prove that the Generals were to blame, nothing less than a miracle will save his clients from the firing squad.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
James B. Harris, Kirk Douglas
Narrated By:
Peter Capell
Writers:
Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham, Jim Thompson, Humphrey Cobb
Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Drama
Collections:
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BBFC:
Release Date:
15/07/2002
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, German Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/09/2016
Run Time:
88 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New feature-length commentary by film scholar Adrian Martin
  • New video interview with Kubrick scholar Peter Kramer
  • New video interview with filmmaker Richard Ayoade
  • New video interview with critic and author Richard Combs
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Isolated Music and Effects Track
BBFC:
Release Date:
Unknown
Run Time:
88 minutes
Languages:
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary by Novelist and Critic Tim Lucas
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (2) of Paths of Glory

Well worth its accolades - Paths of Glory review by CD

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07/11/2020

A really superb film with great performances across the cast.  Don’t expect to see much battlefield action but the balance of the film is brilliant with just the right amount of morality and emotion told through the views of the different characters.  Powerful stuff and I can see why this film has received such high ratings since its release.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Early Kubrick. - Paths of Glory review by Steve

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26/06/2012

Heartbreaking drama about pitiless military justice on the western front in WWI and the corrupting insanity of war. This is one of the great anti-war films, but it isn't talky, or worthy. It is a fascinating, brilliantly acted polemic that burns on the energy of its anger.

It is based on a real life incident. A senior French officer is offered promotion if he will order his men across no man's land to take and hold a heavily defended German stronghold.  The men fail against impossible odds, so three low ranking soldiers are tried and shot for cowardice, to encourage the others.

Many Kubrick classics have an epic quality, but this is the opposite. It dissects a single episode from conception to conclusion in forensic detail and indicts institutionalised cruelty and bigotry. We are shown that the trenches were an extension of civilian life gamed to protect those with privilege and to facilitate their advancement.

Its genius is that it works as an allegory for any hierarchy. It is brilliantly shot by Kubrick, particularly the long crane shots of the futile assault on the enemy positions. Kirk Douglas is incredibly intense as the lawyer defending his men. It is a classic of political cinema and Kubrick's best film. Prepare to be horrified.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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