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Paths of Glory
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  • Rated: Unrated
  • Genre: Drama, War
  • Year: 1957

Synopsis

Safe in 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. A compelling masterpiece from world-class director/writer Stanley Kubrick and screenwriters Calder Willingham and JimThompson, Paths of Glory is a blistering indictment of military politics and "an unforgettable movie experience" (Newsweek).

Cast & Crew

Kirk Douglas ... Col. Dax
Ralph Meeker ... Corp. Paris
Adolphe Menjou ... Gen. Broulard
George Macready ... Gen. Mireau
Wayne Morris ... Lieutenant Roget
Richard Anderson ... Maj. Saint-Auban
Joe Turkel ... Private Arnaud

Reviews

Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader | May 08, 2007

This masterpiece still packs a wallop, though nothing in it is as simple as it may first appear; audiences are still arguing about the final sequence, which has been characterized as everything from a sentimental cop-out to the ultimate cynical twist.

Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times | January 20, 2006

Songs at the ends of dramas usually make us feel better. They are part of closure. This song at the end of this movie makes us feel more forlorn.

Ken Tucker New York Magazine | December 09, 2005

Paths of Glory is all about that greatest of all movie subjects: power.

J. Hoberman Village Voice | November 29, 2005

There's a near mathematical logic to the scenario and the cruelty is compounded by class.

Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune | February 24, 2005

Both a terrifying, grim look at battle and an excruciatingly tense courtroom thriller. Together, it's a devastating indictment of war as conducted by opportunists and liars.

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