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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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Cast

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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Taglines:

Stephen Crane's Great American Story of the Civil War See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,640,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$789,000, 31 December 1951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,080,000, 31 December 1951
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally John Huston tried to save time by having his assistant director, Andrew Marton, line up one shot while he was finishing another. However, Huston had trouble making up his mind about what he really wanted. When he found himself spending more time rearranging the shots Marton had lined up than he might have spent doing it all himself, he abandoned the idea. See more »

Goofs

The flags carried by the regiment are incorrectly shown as rectangular. Both national and regimental flags carried by Union infantry in the Civil War were square. See more »

Quotes

Tom Wilson - the Loud Soldier: If the boys was a-standin' an' a-fightin', I'd stand an' fight too - I'd bet my boots on it, by Jiminy I would.
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Riveting
13 August 2000 | by stills-6See all my reviews

John Huston's camera and sense of drama and tension make this one of the best soldier's-eye movies ever made. You really get a feel for the confusion Civil War recruits must have experienced - not during battle, but before and after, when orders appear to be arbitrary and nothing is ever explained.

The cast is wonderful, including many who show up for less than 30 seconds, giving their all for their roles - Audie Murphy never had it so good with this material and backdrop. A truly literate action movie that has a soul and a vision.


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