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The Big Red One (1980)

R | | Drama, War | 18 July 1980 (USA)
The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II.

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Cast

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Underground Walloon Fighter at Asylum (as Stephane Audran)
Siegfried Rauch ...
Schroeder - German Sergeant
Serge Marquand ...
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Charles Macaulay ...
General / Captain
Alain Doutey ...
Broban - Vichy Sergeant)
Maurice Marsac ...
Vichy Colonel
Colin Gilbert ...
Dogface POW
Joseph Clark ...
Pvt. Shep - Soldier on Troop Transport
Ken Campbell ...
Pvt. Lemchek - #2 on Bangalore Torpedo
Doug Werner ...
Switolski
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Storyline

The story of a hardened army Sergeant and four of his men from their first fight at the Kasserine Pass after the invasion of North Africa through to the invasion of Sicily, D-Day, the Ardennes forest and the liberation of a concentration camp at the end of the war. As the five of them fight - and survive to fight yet again in the next battle - new recruits joining the squad are swatted down by the enemy on a regular basis. The four privates are naturally reluctant to get to know any of the new recruits joining the squad, who become just a series of nameless faces. Written by garykmcd

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The real glory of war is surviving. See more »

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Red One: The Reconstruction  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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(reconstruction)| (original release)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many critics felt that Lee Marvin was too old at 54 to play the sergeant. See more »

Goofs

Griff's dog tags suddenly change positions when he is drawing on the back of the poster. See more »

Quotes

Zab: [narrating] By now we'd come to look at all replacements as dead men who temporarily had the use of the arms and legs. The came and went so fast and so regularly that sometimes we didn't even learn their names. Truth is, after a while, we sort of avoided gettin' to know them.
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Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne in E Flat Major No. 2
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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BR1 was excellent. Reconstruction is awesome & different movie.
18 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

BR1 has been my top WWII movie for 25 yrs, incl. Private Ryan. Spielberg wishes he could have created something this real, this moving. No smoke and mirrors, just the gritty reality.

The Reconstruction is a different movie. About 3 minutes of original film to 15 of new. It's so obvious, if you know the first movie, that Hollywood forced Sam FUller to trim away most of the grit and pain. BR1 is tough and real, but squeaky-50s-clean compared to the Reconstruction. All the real impact was trimmed away. That must have hurt.

There was a point, about 2 hours in, I thought, "I can't take much more of this." And it hit me that Fuller intended that. Pushed us to that limit, so we would experience a tiny bit of the exhaustion, the overload, the need to just get away from it for a while. Private Ryan never even got close. I can't think of any WWII movie that got close. And I've watched them all.

Band of Brothers is the only work I would put in the same frame as the Reconstructed BR1. If you haven't seen either, buckle up. It's going to be a bumpy night.


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