Arms and the Man (1958 film)

Arms and the Man or Heroes (German: Helden) is a 1958 West German historical comedy film directed by Franz Peter Wirth and based on the play of the same name by George Bernard Shaw. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[1] It was also entered into the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Arms and the Man
Directed byFranz Peter Wirth
Produced by
Written by
Music byFranz Grothe
CinematographyKlaus von Rautenfeld
Edited byClaus von Boro
Distributed byBavaria Film
Release date
  • 20 November 1958 (1958-11-20)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryWest Germany

The film's sets were designed by the art director Hermann Warm. It was shot at the Bavaria Studios in Munich.


1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group's attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he's got the wrong ammunition for his cannon and has to flee. His flight leads him right into the bedroom of his enemy's fiancée.


See also


  1. "The 31st Academy Awards (1959) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: Arms and the Man". Retrieved 2009-02-14.
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