Paths of Glory (1957)

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After a failed attack on a German position, a general orders three soldiers, chosen at random, court-martialed for cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.


  • Kirk Douglas
  • Ralph Meeker
  • Adolphe Menjou
  • George Macready
  • Wayne Morris
  • Richard Anderson
  • Joe Turkel
  • Christiane Kubrick
  • Jerry Hausner
  • Peter Capell

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Banned in France for 18 years, 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.

Metacritic review by Jonathan Rosenbaum
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Paths of Glory was the film by which Stanley Kubrick entered the ranks of great directors, never to leave them.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times