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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.

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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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M-G-M, the Company that Released "Gone With the Wind", Presents a New Drama of the War Between the States! See more »

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Drama | War

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16 March 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At one point John Huston decided to give up his efforts of making this movie since it caused so much conflict between studio chief Louis B. Mayer and chief of production Dore Schary. Huston told Mayer about his decision, but changed his mind after Mayer told him, "John Huston, i'm disappointed in you. If you really believe in this movie, you should fight for it." 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 »

Quotes

Bill Porter: Wives, dogs, and chestnut trees - the more you beat 'em the better they be.
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Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

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All-time best war scene
15 June 2002 | by (Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

Not to give the story away, but near the end of the movie Audie Murphy is holding two flags; that is the scene, but all else that led up to it and what is going on at the time will make you cry. It can't be beat. And neither can this movie.


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