IMDb > The Big Red One (1980)
The Big Red One
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Big Red One (1980) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 22 | slideshow) Videos
The Big Red One -- Director Samuel Fuller's autobiographical tale of a special infantry squad and its intrepid sergeant during WWII follows the men from D-Day to the liberation of the Nazi death camps.


User Rating:
7.2/10   15,403 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 4% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Samuel Fuller (written by)
View company contact information for The Big Red One on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
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 »
User Reviews:
One of the most under-rated war films ever See more (116 total) »


  (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 ... Dog Face 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 ... Sicilian boy - Matteo
Abraham Ronai ... German Field Marshall
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 ... Captain Chapier (uncredited)
Jack McCulloch ... Soldier (uncredited)
Steve Moriarty ... Staff Sgt 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Jack A. Finlay .... sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Linden .... sound designer: 2004 reconstruction
William L. McCaughey .... sound 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
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
Elizabeth Yanoska .... location auditor
Sherrie Bradshaw .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Michael Davenport .... assistant: Sam Fuller (uncredited)
Rick Schmidlin .... consultant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Big Red One: The Reconstruction" - USA (DVD box title)
See more »
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 2005, Mark Hamill, who portrays PFC Griff, lent his voice talents to the video game "Call Of Duty 2: The Big Red One". Like the film, the game follows the exploits of a squad from "The Big Red One" from North Africa to East Europe.See more »
Continuity: In the ambush scene, with the German hiding behind the cross, the sun is shining on the cross and the German's face. However, in the same sequence the cross casts a shadow across the field in the opposite direction to the first scene.See more »
Zab:[narrating] You know how you smoke out a sniper? You send a guy out in the open and you see if he gets shot. They thought that one up at West Point.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »
Nocturne in E Flat Major No. 2See more »


What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and The Reconstruction Version?
Are the Germans portrayed fairly in this film?
See more »
26 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
One of the most under-rated war films ever, 12 July 2001
Author: unbend_5440 from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

"The Big Red One" is a nickname given to the 1st Infantry Squadron's on World War 2. The film is brilliantly scripted, and feels very realistic in it's depictions of World War 2 battles. There's a reason why the film is realistic. It's based on actual experiences that the Writer/Director, Sam Fuller, went through during his time in the war.

The movie follows several soldiers in The 1st Infantry. Lee Marvin brilliantly plays The Sergeant. Four soldiers under his command, played by Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Kelly Ward and Bobby Di Cicco, have been named The Four Hoursemen, and they become well known among other soldiers. Despite being in a position and squad, where most troops come in and die before others even know their names, these four manage to live through the most dangerous situations and missions. Most of the time without even getting a scratch on them.

There's no big overall story in "The Big Red One". It's made up of many different combat scenes that The Sergeant and his men fight in. The D-Day footage is almost as realistic and frightening as those shot in "Saving Private Ryan", and this was made 18 years earlier. There are some very dramatic and intense scenes in this film, but it avoids making the viewer feel too depressed or saddened, thanks to a lot of light humour throughout the script.

Although "The Big Red One" is not well known, it easily ranks up there with Saving Private Ryan, Apocalypse Now, and Tora Tora Tora as one of the greatest war films of all time. I can't recommend this movie enough to anyone reading this. "The Big Red One" does not disappoint. It gets a perfect 10 from me.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (116 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Big Red One (1980)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Was this written by a 12-year old? izmatt18-1
new york times review of 'the big red one'.... posted here for all. dcmakm47
sex in the tank luciebay
Are the Germans portrayed fairly in this film? gibsonrickenbacker-229-388871
made in 1980? srmcaf
I Liked This Movie - Lee Marvin and "Luke Skywalker" - Yes! loreleich
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Days of Glory Cross of Iron Miracle at St. Anna Empire of the Sun Coup de grâce
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.