MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 500 this week

The Big Red One (1980)

R  |   |  Drama, War  |  28 May 1980 (France)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 14,481 users   Metascore: 77/100
Reviews: 114 user | 69 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 01 Oct 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 13 Nov 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 05 Jan 2013
 
a list of 44 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Big Red One" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Big Red One (1980)

The Big Red One (1980) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Big Red One.

User Polls

2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Bent on winning a Pulitzer Prize, a journalist commits himself to a mental institution to solve a strange and unclear murder.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Kelly, a prostitute, finds redemption in the town of Grantville, where she arrives working as a medium-time seller. There, she meets Griff, the police captain of the town, with whom she ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A US Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers in World War II.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A pickpocket unwittingly lifts a message destined for enemy agents and becomes a target for a Communist spy ring.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A rock star-turned-bum, his vocal chords severed at the height of his career for the love of a woman, reclaims his forgotten past after viewing a music video and seeks revenge against the mobster who maimed him.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Keith Carradine, Valentina Vargas, Bill Duke
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission. Meanwhile the upper-class and arrogant Prussian Captain Hauptmann ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Peckinpah
Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason
White Dog (1982)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A trainer attempts to retrain a vicious dog that's been raised to kill Black people.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Kristy McNichol, Christa Lang, Vernon Weddle
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, and 3 more credits »
Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton
M Squad (1957–1960)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The hard-hitting adventures of tough Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of the Chicago Police Department's M Squad, an elite crime-fighting unit.

Stars: Lee Marvin, Paul Newlan, Gail Kobe
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Samuel Fuller
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Véronique Jannot, Bobby Di Cicco, Victor Lanoux
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Bobby Di Cicco ...
...
...
Underground Walloon fighter at asylum (as Stephane Audran)
Siegfried Rauch ...
Schroeder (German sergeant)
Serge Marquand ...
Rensonnet
Charles Macaulay ...
General / captain
Alain Doutey ...
Broban (Vichy sergeant)
Maurice Marsac ...
Vichy colonel
Colin Gilbert ...
Dog Face POW
Joseph Clark ...
Pvt. Shep (soldier on troop transport)
Ken Campbell ...
Pvt. Lemchek (#2 on Bangalore torpedo)
Doug Werner ...
Switolski
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Only chance could have thrown them together. Now, nothing can pull them apart. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

28 May 1980 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Big Red One: The Reconstruction  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (reconstructed)

Sound Mix:

(reconstruction)| (original release)

Color:

| (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

The position of Griff's hands on his rifle change while he waits in line. See more »

Quotes

Zab: [narrating] The Bangalore Torpedo was 50' long and packed with 85 pounds of TNT and you assembled it along the way. By hand. I'd love to meet the asshole who invented it.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Charlie Rose: Quentin Tarantino (1994) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Either Version, You Have A Solid WWII Movie
20 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review is on the "reconstructed" DVD, a version that came out several years ago, adding 49 minutes to the original 1980 movie. (The film runs 162 minutes, not 158 as stated on the IMDb title page.)

The "old" version was very good, and this newer version makes the film even better. Either way, you have a solid war movie.

For men - and that's who will primarily watch this movie because it's a guy's flick with no romance and no women leads - this keeps the action coming, but without overdoing it. You can different kinds of action scenes, too, not just people shooting at one another.

I also appreciated the photography. It's a good visual movie. The added footage looked sharper and clearer than the previously shown, but either way it was nicely filmed and directed. Of course, the director is the famous Sam Fuller, who did a number of tough film noirs, among other things.

Speaking of tough, the person who makes this movie a notch above average is Lee Marvin. He is just excellent as the tough-on-the-outside-but-soft-hearted underneath commanding officer, known only as "The Sergeant." With his deep voice and weathered face, Marvin makes for an effective leader of tough guys. The language was much milder in here than you find in more modern films, although it can be crude in a few spots. There are no f-words and about seven usages of the Lord's name in vain. However, there are a number of sexual references, some crude but, hey, that's "guy talk." All the young soldiers were good, too. It was especially interesting to see baby-faced Star Wars' star, Mark Hamill, playing one of the soldiers in the unit called "The Big Red One."

The story with narration by one of the soldiers, tells of Marvin and his handful of men who travel and do battle from North Africa to Sicily, then Italy, the beaches of Normandy on D- Day and into Germany in addition to a few other memorable stops such as "an insane asylum."

It's long, but I never found it boring and the men never stay too long in one spot.


30 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was this written by a 12-year old? izmatt18-1
Just a buck sergeant after 24 years? shadow1234
Big Red One - Restoration? wdavew3221
made in 1980? srmcaf
I liked it, but one thing bugged me... norskkontinentalsokkel
Any Good? DM-DAAN
Discuss The Big Red One (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?