Paths of Glory


During World War I, commanding officer General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) orders his subordinate, General Mireau (George Macready), to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas), to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face.

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  1. Stanley Kubrick

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Jim Thompson


  3. Calder Willingham


  4. Humphrey Cobb


Top Billed Cast

  1. Kirk Douglas

    Kirk Douglas

    Col. Dax

  2. Ralph Meeker

    Ralph Meeker

    Cpl. Philippe Paris

  3. Adolphe Menjou

    Adolphe Menjou

    Gen. George Broulard

  4. George Macready

    George Macready

    Gen. Paul Mireau

  5. Wayne Morris

    Wayne Morris

    Lt. Roget/Singing man

  6. Richard Anderson

    Richard Anderson

    Maj. Saint-Auban

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 28m

Budget $935,000.00

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • December 25, 1957
    NR, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Madness and Patsies Crash Together In Kubrick's Explosive Thunderbolt.

Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is holding up rather well these days, in fact it's as pertinent and relevant as ever.

It's 1916 and the French and German armies are in opposing mud trenches, when the French are ordered to undertake a suicidal assault on a German held hill, many of the soldiers are quick to realise it's an impossible order to see through to its conclusion and retreat, something which brings charges of cowardice from the military hierarchy. Someone must take the fall...

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