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18 July 1980 (USA) See more »
The real glory of war is surviving. See more »
The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Marvin ... The Sergeant

Mark Hamill ... Pvt. Griff - 1st Squad

Robert Carradine ... Pvt. Zab - 1st Squad

Bobby Di Cicco ... Pvt. Vinci - 1st Squad

Kelly Ward ... Pvt. Johnson - 1st Squad

Stéphane Audran ... 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 ... Dogface POW
Joseph Clark ... Pvt. Shep - Soldier on Troop Transport
Ken Campbell ... Pvt. Lemchek - #2 on Bangalore Torpedo
Doug Werner ... Switolski

Perry Lang ... Pvt. Kaiser, 1st Squad
Howard Delman ... Pvt. Smitty - Soldier Who Trips Mine
Marthe Villalonga ... Madame Marbaise
Giovanna Galletti ... Woman in Sicilian Village (as Giovanna Galetti)
Gregori Buimistre ... The Hun - German Soldier Killed by the Sergeant in WWI Sequence)
Shimon Barr ... German Male Nurse in Tunisian hospital
Matteo Zoffoli ... Matteo - Sicilian Boy
Abraham Ronai ... German Field Marshal
Galit Rotman ... Pregnant Frenchwoman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Samuel Fuller ... War Correspondent (as Sam Fuller)
Pascal Breuer ... Hitler Youth (uncredited)
Luther Fear ... German Standing in Tank in Snow (uncredited)
Walter Flesch ... Colonel (uncredited)
Anat Harel ... Graziella (uncredited)
Ulli Kinalzik ... Gerd (uncredited)
Christa Lang ... German Countess (extended edition) (uncredited)

Guy Marchand ... Capt. Chapier (uncredited)
Jack McCulloch ... Soldier (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ... Staff Sergeant at Kasserine Pass (uncredited)

Yossi Pollak ... Herr Green Shirt (uncredited)

Directed by
Samuel Fuller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Samuel Fuller  written by

Produced by
Gene Corman .... producer
Douglas Freeman .... producer (reconstruction, 2004)
Brian Jamieson .... executive producer in charge of production (reconstruction, 2004)
Richard Schickel .... producer (reconstruction, 2004)
Original Music by
Dana Kaproff 
Cinematography by
Adam Greenberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bryan McKenzie (2004 reconstruction)
Morton Tubor 
Art Direction by
Peter Jamison 
Makeup Department
Blanche Shuler .... hair stylist
Blanche Shuler .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Cornberg .... unit production manager
Brian Hamblin .... post-production supervisor (reconstruction)
Roni Ya'ackov .... production manager: Israel (as Rony Yacov)
Avner Orshalimy .... production manager: second unit (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Todd Corman .... second assistant director
Arne Schmidt .... assistant director (as Arne L. Schmidt)
Lewis Teague .... second unit director
Avner Orshalimy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gary Zembow .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
Leo Zisman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
William Hankins .... property master
Ladislav Wilheim .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Cyril Collick .... sound mixer
David Dockendorf .... re-recording mixer
Jack A. Finlay .... sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... re-recording mixer
Mark Linden .... sound designer: 2004 reconstruction
William L. McCaughey .... re-recording mixer
Tara A. Paul .... sound designer: 2004 reconstruction (as Tara Paul)
Harry E. Snodgrass .... sound designer: 2004 reconstruction
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jeff Clifford .... special effects
Peter Dawson .... special effects
Kit West .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Arn Campero .... digital paint (reconstruction, 2004)
John Falchi .... digital paint (reconstruction, 2004)
Gary Forbes .... digital paint (reconstruction, 2004)
Roy Street .... stunt coordinator: horse stunt
Waldo .... stunts: free fall (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Dunn .... key grip
Skip Karnas .... best boy (as Albert Karnas)
Melton Maxwell .... gaffer (as Mel Maxwell)
Laurel Moore .... still photographer
Yoni Hamenachem .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Edith Cottrell .... casting: France
Barbara Miller .... casting
Editorial Department
David Bretherton .... supervising editor
Erica Flaum .... assistant editor
Location Management
Elizabeth Yanoska .... location auditor
Music Department
Bodie Chandler .... music supervisor
Gene Feldman .... music editor
Dana Kaproff .... conductor
Alfred J. Carranza .... first assistant music editor (uncredited)
Bodie Chandler .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Lynn A. Aber .... script supervisor (as Lynn Aber)
Craig Corman .... production assistant
Vic Heutschy .... unit publicist
Lori Steiner .... continuity: second unit
Alan Weisman .... gunsmith
Sherrie Bradshaw .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Michael Davenport .... assistant: Sam Fuller (uncredited)
Rick Schmidlin .... consultant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Big Red One: The Reconstruction" - USA (DVD box title)
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Rated R for war violence and some language (2004 reconstruction)
113 min | 162 min (reconstructed version)
Black and White | Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (reconstruction) | Dolby (original release)
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (1980) | Norway:16 (1980) | Singapore:PG | Singapore:NC-16 (2004 reconstruction) (TV rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (2004 reconstruction) | USA:PG (original rating) | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In the Reconstructed version, the captain in the World War I prologue reappears in a short segment as the commanding general of the Big Red One just prior to the Battle of Huertgen Forest in the fall of 1944. The actual commanding general during that time period, Maj. Gen. Clarence R. Huebner, really was a captain in the Big Red One at the end of World War I.See more »
Anachronisms: In the opening scene, which takes place in November 1918, the Sergeant shows another soldier the shoulder insignia he has designed and says it represents the "1st Infantry Dvision." The 1st Division was not called the 1st Infantry Division until May 1942.See more »
Zab:[narrating] Those Sicilian women cooked us a terrific meal. I'ts too bad they were all over fifty. We were more horny than we were hungry.See more »
Movie Connections:
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33 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
The emasculation of a potentially great film, 16 July 2004
Author: morrowmmm from Los Angeles

I have seen this film quite a few times and have always been somewhat puzzled about it. There was no doubt that it had some of the most emotive scenes of any war film but seemed fractured. At times there seemed to be far more realism in it's morality than other films which was understandable since Sam Fuller actually served with The Big Red One at this time so much of it is a first hand account of events and attitudes. I have now read some of the background to the making of the film,I think in the L.A. Times,which now makes sense of the flaws in the film. Apparently Sam Fuller's budget was cut to the minimum by the studios after a regime change and the original screenplay as shot was hacked to death by the same studio against Fuller's wishes. This was not the film he wanted to make but he made it. And it was not the film that he shot as is indicated by the very complete screenplay notes he made. I think it is Richard Schickel, the noted reviewer of Time magazine, who has laboured to find the missing outtakes and to put the film together in its complete form with over 40 minutes added to the length. Apparently this more complete cut significantly improves the film and adheres to Sam Fullers screenplay more accurately. This new cut is now playing to limited audiences and, hopefully, will be available on DVD. It must be emphasized that this is not the film that Fuller originally wanted to make as the budget was cut by 75%. Some of the comments made by other reviewers on these pages are valid as to authenticity specifically in battle scenes. But Fuller did not have the budget that both the Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan had. It will be interesting to see the new cut. Hopefully it will flesh out what could have been one of the greatest Second World War films.

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