7.3/10
3,026
52 user 13 critic

The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War | 16 March 1951 (USA)
Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An agent sent from Washington in 1874 takes charge of an Apache reservation and has the oppressive US Army back off, which creates conflicts and causes the Indians to have great respect for him.

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Anne Bancroft, Pat Crowley
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Outraged by Redleg atrocities, the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy, Marguerite Chapman
Action | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Murphy deserts the Union Army to warn former Texas neighbors of impending Indian attacks triggered by Army massacre. He overcomes initial distrust and convinces the homesteaders (all women ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Audie Murphy, Kathryn Grant, Hope Emerson
Destry (1954)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In his desire to control a frontier town, ruthless town boss Decker appoints the town drunk as sheriff who, in return, hires gunfighter Destry as his deputy.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Audie Murphy, Mari Blanchard, Lyle Bettger
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Billy the Kid becomes embroiled in Lincoln County, NM, land wars. When rancher who gave him a break is killed by rival henchman, Billy vows revenge. New employer takes advantage of his ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann
Stars: Audie Murphy, Gale Storm, Albert Dekker
Gunsmoke (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter, save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Paul Kelly
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Audie Murphy is again the kid who puts on a badge to catch the bad guy, skillfully played by Barry Sullivan. On the way back to town the two develop a curiously close relationship - ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Audie Murphy, Barry Sullivan, Venetia Stevenson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Audie Murphy comes into his own as a Western star in this story. Wrongly accused by crooked railroad officials of aiding a train heist by his old friends the Daltons, he joins their gang ... See full summary »

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Audie Murphy, Beverly Tyler, James Best
Tumbleweed (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jim Harvey is hired to guard a small wagon train as it makes its way west. The train is attacked by Indians and Harvey, hoping to persuade Aguila, the chief, to call off the attack due to ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Audie Murphy, Lori Nelson, Chill Wills
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When whites hunger after the gold on Ute Indian land, a bigoted young man finds himself forced into a peacekeeping role.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Audie Murphy, Walter Brennan, Lyle Bettger
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After robbing a bank Murphy assumes the identity of his pursuer, a famous US Marshal, when he stumbles into a town and is confronted by the local judge, Matthau. Murphy is forced to remain ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Gia Scala, Walter Matthau
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Bill Mauldin ...
Tom Wilson - the Loud Soldier
...
The Lieutenant
...
The Tattered Man
John Dierkes ...
Jim Conklin - the Tall Soldier
...
Bill Porter
Tim Durant ...
The General
...
The Cheery Soldier
...
Thompson (as Robert Easton Burke)
Edit

Storyline

Plot centers around how a young recruit (Audie Murphy) faces the horrors of war. Character vascilates between wanting to fight and doubting his own courage. In midst of first bloody encounter, Youth runs away. After seeing dead and wounded, sense of shame leads him back to his unit, where he distinguishes himself in the next battle. Having overcome his fear of "the great Death" he knows e can face whatever comes. Somewhat sentimental "coming of age" tale was pet project of John Huston, who fought MGM over casting of Murphy and Bill Mauldin in lead roles. Written by Rita Richardson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

courage | battle | death | soldier | fear | See All (79) »

Taglines:

Stephen Crane's Great American Story of the Civil War See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 March 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,640,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1957 John Huston and Gottfried Reinhardt tried to get a copy of the original negative only to learn that the studio had destroyed it. Almost 20 years later, when he was directing The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Huston received a cable from MGM management asking if he had a copy of his original cut. He had struck a 16mm print, but by that time it had been lost. See more »

Goofs

There was no 304th infantry regiment in the Civil War. No state assigned a regimental number over the mid-100s. See more »

Quotes

Bill Porter: Wives, dogs, and chestnut trees - the more you beat 'em the better they be.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Camptown Races
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Riveting
13 August 2000 | by (california) – See all my reviews

John Huston's camera and sense of drama and tension make this one of the best soldier's-eye movies ever made. You really get a feel for the confusion Civil War recruits must have experienced - not during battle, but before and after, when orders appear to be arbitrary and nothing is ever explained.

The cast is wonderful, including many who show up for less than 30 seconds, giving their all for their roles - Audie Murphy never had it so good with this material and backdrop. A truly literate action movie that has a soul and a vision.


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Lost Footage Is There a Chance it Survived? wforstchen
Read the book? starsixtyfour
I'm not misogynistic, but... pete2141
THis film is great whats up with people! andrew-jones5
I just saw it! LynchNut77
Houston on Red Badge darrell_helton
Discuss The Red Badge of Courage (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?