Paths of Glory

Movie review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Classic Kubrick film with complex, heavy, anti-war themes.

NR 1957 88 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 13+

Good movie that calls to mind the dignity of the human person

Set in World War I, Paths of Glory speaks about the evils present in the leadership of the French army. The commander tells Colonel Dax to basically commit suicide with his men; the chance of surviving the attack was virtually impossible. When the commander finds out that his order was disregarded, he decides to randomly take the life of three men as a punishment for cowardice and as a warning for the others, to obey the command of the colonel. Colonel Dax tries to save his men, but to no avail. In the mean time, the chaplain comes to give the last rights to the men; he reminds one of them that God is good and that he must trust in the mercy of God. Even in the midst of evil, there is no sin that He cannot forgive. The movie proclaims the truth about the dignity of the human person, and of the hope that can be found in God. At the same time, it serves as a warning to remind the audience to act honorably and justly, lest they become animal-like creatures.
age 14+

Paths of glory 1957 is a powerful anti-war film, that feels like a modern movie that was shot in black and white. Stanley Kubrick doesn't hold back on his talent!

A very dark war film, not your typically geewiz 1950s movie. Many bodies/wounded soldiers with bloody wounds are seen. One character throws a grenade killing his own comrade troop. His bloody body was then shown. Paths of glory is bit bloody for its time, compared to other war movies which had bloodless dead bodies, maybe with a little smug on the lip. There was one big battle scene about almost half way in the film. Many soldiers in battle were being killed left and right. One scene has a shell landing on a dead soldier, blowing him up "though not gory, it is still quite intense!" 3 soldiers wait for a possible execution by a firing squad, which is very sydney to view. Being a movie from the 1950s, you really don't expect much swearing, but the H word was said once loudly in a famous line by Kirk Douglas, saying "YOU CAN GO TO H*LL!" one other inappropriate line said by a character saying that he hasn't had a single s*xual thought being hear. Throughout the film, you'll see many people drinking alcohol, typical stuff. This is a well made war movie that is quite depressing. If this movie came out today, it would certainly be rated PG-13.

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