Paths of Glory

1957 NR 1h 27m DVD

Paths of Glory

1957 NR 1h 27m DVD
  • Overview
  • Details
Col. Dax leads a weary regiment of French army soldiers during World War I. When French generals order the regiment to carry out what amounts to a suicide mission against German fire, some of the men refuse and are tried on charges of cowardice.
Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Wayne Morris, George Macready, Ralph Meeker, Richard Anderson
Stanley Kubrick
Full Screen 1.33:1
French, English
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Paths of Glory is a heavy, war-is-futile movie directed by Stanley Kubrick. For a war film with battle scenes, there's almost no blood or gore, although a bloody dead body is briefly seen once and wounded soldiers with bloody bandages are in the background several times. Although there's little of concern visually, the movie's heavy themes about the useless loss of life during war, and how the chain of command enables impossible situations that lead to even more loss of life, are told at a careful, considerate pace best appreciated by teens and up. The all-adult cast is frequently seen drinking alcohol, sometimes as a social norm and sometimes as an escape, and it's clear that it can lead to tragic consequences on the battlefield.

Sexual Content

A man makes a curving gesture indicating the female form in front of the woman herself, who's under duress, apparently being coerced into entertaining the troops.


Battle scenes are shown with gunshots sounding, grenades blasting, and soldiers falling and lying in the field, all with little blood and no gore. Bloody bandages on the wounded are seen in passing several times, and a bloody, dead body is briefly shown, still smoking after an explosion. Several punches are shown, including a man punching a priest and a general striking a shell-shocked enlisted man. An execution is shown in which the firing squad's shots are heard and then the victims convulse and collapse, but no blood is seen.


"Go to hell" is used once.

Social Behavior

War is a futile, unending exercise in which people often die for no good reason. The structure of the military, from generals who are pressured by the press and the public to lowly privates with poor judgment who are put in impossible situations, creates an atmosphere that perpetuates useless loss of life. When we disregard the humanity that binds us and blindly follow orders, the results are tragic.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Officers and enlisted men are frequently seen drinking, and it's clear early on that alcohol consumption causes problems, and even tragedy, on the front. A soldier is seen in passing with a cigarette, and an officer offers another a cigar, which is declined. A wounded man is shown receiving an injection.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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