At the time of its creation and initial release The Road Back was the much-anticipated sequel to the powerful anti-war drama All Quiet on the Western Front. Also based on a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the story profiles the fates of the… More At the time of its creation and initial release The Road Back was the much-anticipated sequel to the powerful anti-war drama All Quiet on the Western Front. Also based on a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, the story profiles the fates of the few surviving WWI-era soldiers from the first film after Germany lost the war. The original cut of The Road Back, which is said to have more than lived up to its promise. Unfortunately, protests and threats from the recently empowered Nazi regime (during this time period, the U.S. was seeking to maintain amicable relations with Hitler) in Germany and the threat of massive boycotts from other European nations under German control, lead the newly installed heads of Universal Studios to back down and re-edit and reshoot certain scenes until The Road Back was but a wan shadow of its former self. It was said that the introductory battle scenes of the original were among the most wrenching and terrifying ever filmed. After the battle, Armistice is declared and as a German officer reads the document to the few stragglers left alive, the ghosts of their dead compatriots rise up behind them. The living are then sent home to Germany to try and reassemble their shattered lives after the crushing defeat. But getting used to civilian life is a terrible struggle as is the simple business of surviving and each man copes with it differently. One becomes bitter. Another saves the town mayor from starving looters and is allowed to marry the mayor's daughter. One soldier dies for his revolutionary ideals and another is tired for murder after jealously killing the new lover of his former girlfriend. The film ends on an ominous note that warns of the dangers Germany has yet to face.