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The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

 -  Drama | War  -  16 March 1951 (USA)
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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.

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Henry Fleming - the Youth
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Tom Wilson - the Loud Soldier
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The Tattered Man
John Dierkes ...
Pat Conkln - the Tall Soldier
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Bill Porter
Tim Durant ...
The General
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The Cheery Soldier
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Thompson (as Robert Easton Burke)
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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

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

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Drama | War

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16 March 1951 (USA)  »

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Alma de valiente  »

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$1,640,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Bill Mauldin, who played Tom, was, like Audie Murphy, also a real life soldier. He was also most notably a leading war cartoonist of his day and won several Pulitzer Prizes for his work and was already familiar with Murphy, having served time with his unit in Italy. See more »

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The drilling and action center around one platoon. While the platoon did exist in Civil War regiments (as half of a company), in practice it was rarely used. Units quickly lost enough personnel due to illness (if not combat) that companies were the smallest practical unit. See more »

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


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