• The Big Red One (2004)

The Big Red One

Release Date: October 10th, 2004

DVD Release Date: April 27th, 1999

PG |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

Having previously fought in World War I, an unnamed sergeant (Lee Marvin) now leads soldiers of the U.S. First Infantry Division through World War II. His men include conflicted marksman Pvt. Griff (Mark Hamill), pulp novel writer Pvt. Zab (Robert Carradine), Sicilian Pvt. Vinci (Bobby Di Cicco) and medic Pvt. Johnson (Kelly Ward). The soldiers adapt to the hardships of war as they see conflict in North Africa and Sicily, take part in the D-Day landings, and liberate a Nazi concentration camp.

Cast: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, Kelly Ward, Siegfried Rauch, St├ęphane Audran, Serge Marquand

Director: Samuel Fuller

Genres: War

Production Co: United Artists, Lorimar Productions

Keywords: France, 1940s, Sacrifice, Rescue, Intense, Gritty

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Jami BernardNew York Daily News

    The combination of old-time Hollywood valor and ahead-of-its-time surprises makes this restoration a big event. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Hard-boiled, filled with action, held together by male camaraderie, directed with a lean economy of action. It's one of the most expensive B-pictures ever made, and I think that helps it fit the subject. "A" war movies are about War, but "B" war movies are about soldiers. (Review of Original Release) show more

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Reissued with the addition of 50 minutes trimmed from the original 1980 cut, Fuller's only A-budget movie is still among the lesser works of this frequently brilliant filmmaker. show more

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