The Big Red One
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 4, 2011
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by Reconstruction Producer Richard Schickel
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill & Robert Carradine|
|Performer:||Kelly Ward, Bobby Di Cicco, Siegfried Rauch, Stéphane Audran, Serge Marquand & Perry Lang|
|Directed by||Samuel Fuller|
|Edited by||Morton Tubor|
|Screenwriting by||Samuel Fuller|
|Composition by||Dana Kaproff|
|Produced by||Gene Corman|
|Director of Photography:||Adam Greenberg|
It's a terrific war yarn, a picture of palpable raw power which manages both Intense intimacy and great scope at the same time. Full Review
It now seems to be Fuller's masterpiece, maybe the most unpretentious war movie ever.
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 3/4 -- Even though it has gained more than 45 minutes, it doesn't feel longer. Scenes that were choppy or half-baked are now allowed to play out as Fuller intended.
Visually and philosophically, it's Fuller's equivalent of Kurosawa's Kagemusha, although Fuller's film is more complex, more absurd and more haunted. Full Review
But in the end, for a film that pretends to be anti-war, it comes across as ambiguous, which isn't anything new in the work of Samuel Fuller. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
...Handsome, technically first-rate....Fuller is a nervy, no-nonsense Hollywood original...
New York Times
...A picture of palpable raw power which manages both intense intimacy and great scope at the same time...
The famous 1st Div. of the U.S. Army is the background for this World War II film. Marvin stars as an experienced sergeant with four teenagers in his squad. Combat period covers the landing in North Africa through the invasion of Europe.
Episodic retelling of the exploits of the American First Infantry Division during World War II, focusing on the squad's sergeant and four of the soldiers. They struggle to survive campaigns from North Africa in November, 1942, to Czechoslovakia in May, 1945, along the way participating in the invasion of Sicily and the D-Day invasion and freeing a lunatic asylum and a concentration camp.
- "The Big Red One" was based on director/screenwriter Sam Fuller's personal experiences as a soldier in World War II. The Robert Carradine character is based directly on Fuller himself.
- Film was first proposed as a project for John Wayne in the 1950s.
- Title refers to the First Infantry Division, known as "The Big Red One" because of the red one which adorned its shoulder patch and helmet insignia. The symbol was designed by an artist in 1918 and incorporated the red piping from a German soldier's forage cap.
- Additional cast: Charles Macauley (as General/Captain), Alain Doutey (Broban), Colin Gilbert (Dog Face POW), Joseph Clark (Shep), Ken Campbell (Lemchek), Doug Werner (Switolski), Perry Lang (Kaiser), Howard Delman (Smitty), Marthe Villalonga (Madame Marbaise), Giovanna Galetti (Woman in Sicilian Village), Gregori Buimistre (German), Shimon Barr (German Male Nurse), Matteo Zoffoli (Sicilian Boy), Avraham Ronai (German Field Marshal), and Galit Rotman (Pregnant Frenchwoman).
- Additional crew: William Hankins (Props), Craig Corman (Production assistant), Roy Street (Stunt horseman), and Alan Weisman (Gunsmith).
- "The Big Red One" originally ran 140 minutes, but was cut by the studio down to 113 minutes, with the director's apparent approval.
- Color by Metrocolor. Prints by Technicolor. Titles by MGM.
- Filmed on location, with Israel standing in for North Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. Scenes depicting the Rhine Valley were filmed in Ireland and featured Fuller's wife, Christa Lang, but were eventually cut from the film.
- Rated BBFC AA by the British Board of Film Censors.
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