Paths of Glory

United Artists Released 1957




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Stanley Kubrick
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Paths of Glory (1957) is the legendary anti-war movie which established Stanley Kubrick as a major new director. In the First World War, a battalion of French soldiers is ordered to carry out the impossible task of seizing the Ant Hill, a fortified German position. The mission is destined for failure, but a mindless military machine cannot accept that reality; the French troops attack and are mostly slaughtered by the Germans. Finally Colonel Dax, the commander, refuses to go any further and retreats with what few men he can save. A military tribunal is set up specifically for the purpose of executing three blameless men for cowardice, purely as an example, pour encourager les autres. Colonel Dax defends the men as best he can, but their lives are forfeit. A truly savage film, made with rage, it was banned in France for years.


Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas

Col. Dax

Ralph Meeker

Ralph Meeker

Cpl. Philippe Paris

Adolphe Menjou

Adolphe Menjou

Gen. George Broulard

George Macready

George Macready

Gen Paul Mireau

Timothy Carey

Timothy Carey

Pvt. Maurice Ferol

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Christiane Harlan was billed as "Susanne Christian" in the end credits of this film.

    • Christiane Harlan, who plays the girl who sings at the end, married director Stanley Kubrick at the end of filming on this movie and remained his wife until his death in 1999. She became a well-known painter.

    • Humphrey Cobb's novel was inspired by a notorious real-life incident during the First World War. The book was controversial, and so was this film, which was banned in France for several decades, despite the increasing fame of director Stanley Kubrick.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • General Mireau: Are you married, soldier?
      Pvt. Ferol: No, sir.
      General Mireau: Then I'm sure your mother is very proud of you.

    • General Broulard: Arrange a few executions. It'll be good for morale. There are few things more fundamentally encouraging - and stimulating - than seeing someone else die.

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Military & War, Classics