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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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BR1 was excellent. Reconstruction is awesome & different movie. See more (120 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 ... 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?

During the course of filming, Lee Marvin and Perry Lang got into an argument. While filming the scene where they come to Crucifix Hill (where the Germans are planning an ambush), Lang kept waving and gesturing his arms while he spoke. After the scene was finished, Marvin growled at Lang, "What the fuck was all that crap about?", and Lang replied by cursing out Marvin. According to the other actors in the Reconstruction Documentary, neither Marvin nor Lang spoke to one another for the next week. Finally, Marvin began talking to Lang and treated him with respect for standing up to him.See more »
Continuity: The position of Griff's hands on his rifle change while he waits in line.See more »
Zab:I'll be a son-of-a-bitch. My mother sold my novel to Hollywood for Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson.
Vinci:[doing a Robinson imitation] Hey, how much?
Zab:For fifteen thousand bucks!
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Movie Connections:
Roses from the SouthSee more »


What are the differences between the Theatrical Version and The Reconstruction Version?
Are the Germans portrayed fairly in this film?
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30 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
BR1 was excellent. Reconstruction is awesome & different movie., 18 May 2005
Author: scaevola

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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