The Big Red One

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Samuel Fuller's valedictory war picture, The Big Red One follows the First Infantry Division from Africa to Europe during the years 1942 through 1945. Lee Marvin portrays the division sergeant; he's tough and experienced, to be sure, but he takes on his job with cool professionalism rather than Hollywood bravado. Based on Fuller's own experiences, the film is a loosely constructed series of anecdotes. Among them are an insane asylum under bombardment while the inmates applaud and a climactic vignette in which a ...
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Overview

Samuel Fuller's valedictory war picture, The Big Red One follows the First Infantry Division from Africa to Europe during the years 1942 through 1945. Lee Marvin portrays the division sergeant; he's tough and experienced, to be sure, but he takes on his job with cool professionalism rather than Hollywood bravado. Based on Fuller's own experiences, the film is a loosely constructed series of anecdotes. Among them are an insane asylum under bombardment while the inmates applaud and a climactic vignette in which a very young concentration camp internee dies while a friendly soldier plays piggy-back with the boy.
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Special Features

Commentary on Reconstruction version by Richard Schickel; Documentary The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller; Featurette The Real Glory: Reconstructing The Big Red One; Featurette The Fighting First: A War Department Film; Before-and-after-restoration scene comparisons; Alternate scenes
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Editorial Reviews

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Some critics would select maverick director-writer Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One as the best war movie ever made. It is certainly one of the most terrifying. In its unforgiving and realistic action scenes, it matches the immediacy of the first half of Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. In its allegorical nature, it presages Terrence Malick The Thin Red Line. Fuller's script is a loosely connected series of vignettes, based on his own World War II experiences, that follow a rifle squad across North Africa and into Europe. The squad is led by a gruff, unyielding sergeant (Lee Marvin), who taunts and terrorizes his four green, frightened soldiers. There are many spooky scenes, including the climactic liberation of a Nazi death camp. The two-hour final version was less than half the length of Fuller's director's cut, but it retains his uncompromising vision. Made when Fuller was in his late 60s, The Big Red One provided a crowning achievement for his long and controversial career, in which his renegade techniques and film noir sensibilities made him a post-modernist before his time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2014
  • UPC: 883929392957
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English, English
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,564

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Marvin Sergeant Possum
Mark Hamill Griff
Robert Carradine Zab
Bobby Di Cicco Vinci
St├ęphane Audran Walloon
Kelly Ward Johnson
Siegfried Rauch Schroeder
Serge Marquand Rensonnet
Charles Macaulay General/Captain
Alain Doutey Broban
Maurice Marsac Vichy Colonel
Colin Gilbert Dog Face POW
Joseph Clark Shep
Perry Lang Kaiser
Marthe Villalonga Mme. Marbaise
Doug Werner Switolski
Ken Campbell Lemchek
Howard Delman Smitty
Ken Campbell Lemchek
Technical Credits
Samuel Fuller Director, Screenwriter
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Merv Adelson Executive Producer, Producer
Gene Corman Producer
Doug Freeman Co-producer
Peter Jamison Art Director
Dana Kaproff Score Composer
Jim McBride Screenwriter
Bryan McKenzie Editor
Lee Rich Executive Producer, Producer
Richard Schickel Producer
Arne Schmidt Asst. Director
Mort Tubor Editor
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