A Time to Love and a Time to Die

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A Time to Love and a Time to Die
A Time to Love and a Time to Die FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Douglas Sirk
Produced by Robert Arthur
Written by Orin Jannings
Erich Maria Remarque
Starring John Gavin
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Ted J. Kent
Release dates
  • July 9, 1958 (1958-07-09)
Running time 132 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Time to Love and a Time to Die is a 1958 American CinemaScope drama film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring John Gavin.[1] It is based on the book by the German author, Erich Maria Remarque, set on the Eastern Front, and in Nazi Germany.


Ernst Graeber is a German soldier stationed on the Eastern Front during the war's last days. He and fellow soldiers Steinbrenner and Hirschland are ordered to kill Russian civilians, but Hirschland commits suicide instead.

Given his first furlough in two years, Ernst returns home to find his village bombed and parents gone. Elizabeth Kruse, daughter of his mother's doctor, tells him that her father is being held by the Gestapo as well. Constant air raids interrupt any peaceful moments Ernst and Elizabeth enjoy.

An old friend, Binding, is a wealthy Nazi now and welcomes Ernst to his home. He prepares a feast for the wedding of Ernst and Elizabeth, who are now in love. And a sympathetic professor, Pohlmann, offers his help should the newlyweds decide to flee.

Ernst is ordered back to the front. He finds Steinbrenner about to shoot civilians and kills him. Ernst frees the prisoners, but one nonetheless shoots him. He dies while reading a letter from Elizabeth telling him that she is expecting their child.





  1. ^ Crowther, Bosley. "New York Times: A Time to Love and a Time to Die". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  2. ^ "The 31st Academy Awards (1959) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  3. ^ "IMDB.com: Awards for A Time to Love and a Time to Die". imdb.com. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 

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