The Big Red One

The Big Red One

DVD - 1999
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Named for the insignia of the First Infantry Division, this World War II combat film follows a handful of young GIs and their sergeant as they battle their way from North Africa through Sicily, Omaha Beach and Belgium to the ultimate horror of the concentration camp at Falkenau, Czechoslovakia.
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, [1999, c1980]
Copyright Date: [©1999, c1980]
ISBN: 9780790741819
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE BIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Laser optical,rdavf,
video file,rdaft,
Alternative Title: Samuel Fuller's The big red one


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BookReviewer2015 Aug 28, 2018

A poignant and interesting war film!

May 12, 2017

Restored scenes made film more interesting. Ditto the bonus features.

May 16, 2015

This film is a must for war film buffs. The beginning battle scenes are joltingly disruptive but the character development during that phase of the film makes it worth continuing. Once the film gets past the first 20-30 minutes it simmers into a master work or war drama highlighting nuances of war that one wouldn't think of, unless I suppose they had actually been in a war. There is a scene involving the way soldiers est their food that gives away an interloper. Another scene where a young dying boy asks if he killed the soldier that killed him. These are moments of cinematic grace because of their brutality & honesty. This is an American film for those that appreciate the beauty in our flaws.

Sep 03, 2014

I want to respond to two comments. One calls this a b-movie and advises skipping it. Sam Fuller was the undisputed king of the b-movie and a proud American primitivist, so it's hardly an insult. And I agree that in some ways this is a superior film to Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," partly because it feels rawer and more lived in, no doubt due to both Fuller's and star Lee Marvin's wartime experiences. Fuller probably made this for less than Tom Hanks's salary. Originally released in 1980 with some substantial cuts, this is a restored version, with nearly an hour of extra footage, supervised by film critic/writer Richard Schikel. It's episodic, moving from North Africa to Sicily to Belgium, before concluding at a concentration camp. It is a bit rough and the plot lurches sometimes, but that's part of what makes Fuller Fuller. It feels different than a lot of other war films, both because it avoids platitudes about heroism and patriotism and because it pauses for moments of quiet and tenderness, esp. with children. Mark Hamil, in one of his non-"Star Wars' roles, and Robert Carradine, playing a cigar-chomping writer based on Fuller, co-star. Fuller appears briefly as a cameraman. This 2-disc set includes a documentary about the making of the movie and the reconstruction and a documentary about Fuller and his career. Also check out the "The Samuel Fuller Collection" and Peckinpah's underrated war film "Cross of Iron."

Apr 07, 2014

Saw this as a kid and wished I would have just left it at that. This is a serious B movie. Story is good, characters are OK and overall the movie is watchable but there are better movies out there on the subject. Give this one a pass.

brendancarlson Apr 04, 2014

It could be argued that this film is as good as, if not better, than Saving Private Ryan.

aaa5756 Feb 13, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

kevfarley Feb 11, 2014

"Surviving is the only glory in war." - Sam Fuller,... If you already saw the 1980 release, then know that this masterpiece is a whole new movie !! With 43 lovingly restored minutes (which had been axed in the 1980 Studio version), this film is much closer is the epic work about WW2 that Sam Fuller, seasoned writer and combat veteran, had originally created about his front-line experience in this war. ( Kev's PICkS : If you like this grunt's-eye-view,.. then don't miss "A Walk in the Sun" and "The Young Lions". Both are also great WW2 pictures !)

real_thing Jul 18, 2011

a must see world war 2 movie


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kevfarley Feb 11, 2014

"Surviving is the only glory in war." - Sam Fuller


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