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

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When filming was completed, John Huston held a special screening for the cast and crew and invited directors and producers. They were overwhelmed, and he declared it the best film he had ever made. Audie Murphy couldn't believe he had turned in such an impressive performance, and his mentor, Hedda Hopper, declared it the best war film ever made. See more »

Goofs

When the unit first moves out, in the spring of 1862, the fife & drums play "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again". The melody of that song is from July 1863, and the song was published in September, 1863. 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 Biography: Audie Murphy: Great American Hero (1996) See more »

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Deserves more credit
29 May 2004 | by communic-1See all my reviews

Deserves more credit than it currently receives. The directing alone is awesome, with the number of unique and different shots that Huston came up with really takes this Pic away from the norm.

Some of the realism in the portrayals that would be lost on some American viewers include the scene where the General talks to the troops before the battle, asking them what they are going to eat for dinner. He goes from group to group asking the same questions - why? Remember (duh), no radios, no public address system. Commanders had to spread their message by repeating it over and over - inspiring a different group each time.

A very enjoyable 69 minutes. Sad that the studio had to meddle with the original cut (what else is new?).

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Country:

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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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