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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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Serge Marquand ...
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Charles Macaulay ...
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 »

Genres:

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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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,206,220, 31 December 1980
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel Fuller: [Lemchek] A recurring character name in Fuller's films; also, uncredited, in Merrill's Marauders (1962), The Tanks Are Coming (1951) and The Steel Helmet (1951). See more »

Goofs

When the war correspondent is filming the soldiers, you can hear the sound of the camera motor, but the hand cranks on the reels are not moving. See more »

Quotes

[the Sergeant affixes a cloth red '1' to his uniform. The Captain is drinking from a bottle of booze]
The Sergeant: What do you think?
The Captain: What the hell is it?
The Sergeant: It's a "one". First Infantry Division. The Red One; think General Pershing will like it?
The Captain: Oh, sure.
The Sergeant: I got the idea from the cap of a Hun I killed.
The Captain: When?
The Sergeant: About an hour ago
The Captain: Did he yell out anything?
The Sergeant: Oh, the same old Kaiser stuff, you know, "the war's over," all that junk.
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Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne in E Flat Major No. 2
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Total failure of attention to detail
17 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

I really have no idea why this film is so highly rated, I think it must be down to reviewers nostalgia from seeing it as a child. The attention to detail is awful; I understand that it was probably not possible to source authentic equipment in 1980 and obviously there was no CGI but really, is it too much to ask not to have 1980's hairstyles , modern Israeli(Oh the irony!) tank drivers with modern helmets and Germans shouting "Americaner schweinhund!".

I've tried to watch it three times now, and I'm sure a modern re telling would do a much better job.It's clearly a fascinating story but this version doesn't make it so.


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