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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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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)  »

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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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Early in the film, Henry Fleming is shown writing a letter to his family. The date at the top of the letter is 10 September 1862. This makes the battle depicted in the film either Turner's Gap, South Mountain, MD, on Sept 14 or Antietam Creek (Sharpsburg), MD, on Sept 17. Scholars generally agrees that the battle in the novel is more like Chancellorsville, VA, in May 1863. The novel never names a place or gives a date. One year after the publication of the novel, Stephen Crane wrote a short story entitled "The Veteran," published in "McClure's" magazine. In the story Henry Fleming is an old man telling the story of his first battle in the Civil War. There Fleming identifies the battle as being Chancellorsville. See more »

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There was no 304th infantry regiment in the Civil War. No state assigned a regimental number over the mid-100s. 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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Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

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A Tribute To Greatness
23 January 2000 | by (Laytonville,California,U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This movie, directed by John Huston, is arguably the finest Civil War movie of all time. The performances by the young Audie Murphy,America's most decorated soldier and all the cast are as true to life as can be found anywhere. The narration and ultra-realism gives an almost docu-drama feel. This movie is so short,at 69 minutes, that it never had a chance at the box office, and instead was probably seen mostly by school kids and a few old movie buffs. The only other movie that is almost as short and so successfully tells a story is "The Petrified Forest". The Red Badge of Courage is on my best movies of all time list.


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