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The Big Red One: The Reconstruction (2005)

The 'reconstruction' the title refers to is the re-working, re-editing, restructuring of Sam Fuller's The Big Red One brining it closer to the film Fuller had originally envisioned It ... See full summary »

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The 'reconstruction' the title refers to is the re-working, re-editing, restructuring of Sam Fuller's The Big Red One brining it closer to the film Fuller had originally envisioned It includes almost 48 additional minutes of footage which was not utilised in the film's original release. Written by U.N. Owen

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Much improvement over the original theatrical release
1 April 2012 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Newspaper writer Samuel Fuller, a combat soldier, relives his WWII experiences in the European Theater through the eponymous Big Red 1 the US Army First Infantry Division whose symbol is a large numeral 1 worn on the left shoulder patch. Lee Marvin, Mark Hammill, and Robert Carradine play the major parts with good support from Kelly Ward and Bobby Di Ciccio. The squad fights from North Africa to Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium, and Germany. The reconstruction adds continuity and elaborates on the scenes with quality additional footage rather than filler. In addition to all the combat you could want there is great dialog and several welcome moments of comic relief. The Big Red One is much improved by this positive reconstruction.


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