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A Time to Love and a Time to Die Details


Douglas Sirk directed this doomed World War II love story, seen from the German side of the war, as filtered through a distinctly late-'50s Hollywood banality. The film is based on the novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the author of the classic World War I anti-war novel All Quiet On the Western Front -- and who makes a cameo appearance in the film as an elderly schoolteacher. The film stars John Gavin as Ernst Graber, a young Nazi soldier home on leave during the height of World War II. While on leave, he falls in love and marries Elizabeth Kruze (Lilo Pulver). With bombs falling all around the young couple, they set up house with a kindly old woman. Then Elizabeth becomes pregnant. But before Ernst can grasp the reality of his becoming a father, he is sent back to the war -- to fight the brutal battle along the Russian front. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:July 9, 1958


John Gavin
as Ernest Graeber
Liselotte Pulver
as Elizabeth Kruse
Keenan Wynn
as Reuter
Don DeFore
as Boettcher
Thayer David
as Oscar Binding
Jock Mahoney
as Immerman
Dieter Borsche
as Capt. Rahe
Barbara Rutting
as Woman Guerrilla
Charles Regnier
as Joseph
Kurt Meisel
as Heini
Agnes Windeck
as Frau Witte
Clancy Cooper
as Sauer
Klaus Kinski
as Gestapo Lieutenant
Alice Treff
as Frau Langer
Alexander Engel
as Warden
Wolf Harnisch
as Sgt. Muecke
Lisa Helwig
as Frau Kleinert
John van Dreelen
as Political Officer


Douglas Sirk
Robert Arthur
Orin Jannings
Russell Metty
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Kent
Alfred Sweeney
Art Director
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Clifford Stine
Special Effects
Bud Westmore