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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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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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At one point John Huston decided to give up his efforts of making this movie since it caused so much conflict between studio chief Louis B. Mayer and chief of production Dore Schary. Huston told Mayer about his decision, but changed his mind after Mayer told him, "John Huston, i'm disappointed in you. If you really believe in this movie, you should fight for it." 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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Connections

Referenced in Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers: The S.S. Drainpipe (1990) See more »

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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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