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The Red Badge of Courage (1951)

Approved | | Drama, War | 11 October 1951 (USA)
Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

Stephen Crane (novel), John Huston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Henry Fleming - the Youth
Bill Mauldin ... Tom Wilson - the Loud Soldier
Douglas Dick ... The Lieutenant
Royal Dano ... The Tattered Man
John Dierkes ... Jim Conklin - the Tall Soldier
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Bill Porter
Tim Durant ... The General
Andy Devine ... The Cheery Soldier
Robert Easton ... Thompson (as Robert Easton Burke)
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Storyline

Plot centers around how a young recruit (Audie Murphy) faces the horrors of war. Character vascilates between wanting to fight and doubting his own courage. In midst of first bloody encounter, Youth runs away. After seeing dead and wounded, sense of shame leads him back to his unit, where he distinguishes himself in the next battle. Having overcome his fear of "the great Death" he knows e can face whatever comes. Somewhat sentimental "coming of age" tale was pet project of John Huston, who fought MGM over casting of Murphy and Bill Mauldin in lead roles. Written by Rita Richardson

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M-G-M, the Company that Released "Gone With the Wind", Presents a New Drama of the War Between the States! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Trivia

Louis B. Mayer was loathe to greenlight the film as he felt (largely correctly) that Civil War pictures never made money. He also disliked it because it had no marquee names or female roles. He only agreed to the making of the film because he was pursuing John Huston to direct Quo Vadis (1951), a film that Huston ultimately dropped out of. See more »

Goofs

In close-ups of Henry Fleming, particularly in the initial engagement with the enemy, the lock plate on his musket is apparently stamped near the rear with a British Crown. While British arms were used by the Confederates lacking sufficient arms production capabilities, Fleming's group would have been issued US-produced rife muskets. In a close-up of another soldier, the US eagle stamped on the lock plate is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Henry Fleming - the Youth: Tom, there's something I just got to get off my chest.
Tom Wilson - the Loud Soldier: What's that Henry?
Henry Fleming - the Youth: Yesterday when things started getting hot I was mighty scared.
Tom Wilson - the Loud Soldier: We all was.
Henry Fleming - the Youth: Yeah, but I lit out.
Tom Wilson - the Loud Soldier: You mean you ran away, Henry?
Henry Fleming - the Youth: Not very far, I was only scared for a minute, you understand. Just for a minute. Afterwards I was that ashamed, I couldn't get back in the fight soon enough.
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Connections

Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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captures the civil war like no other film before or since.
22 July 2002 | by bill-528See all my reviews

stephen crane's best work. audie murphy's best work. any serious student of the civil war will recognize this film as the best, most honest portrayal of civil war action. it captures the fear and dread of deadly combat like no other film on the american civil war. during bloody battles, if your side was not having a successful day, the usual way out was "skedaddling" or running like the wind. both sides did it. a great little film that all civil war students and scholars should own and view every so often.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage See more »

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Budget:

$1,640,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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