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Red Badge of Courage [DVD] [1951] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1ZO
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Calypsopiper on 25 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
A terrific film, worth buying a multi-region player for. It suffered initial controversy for being seen as unpatriotic and cowardly. Studio censorship and constant re-editing probably removed John Huston's convincing film from the 'Masterpiece' category.
The characters and language are believeable, so are the action scenes. Low budget, no blood and gore, but watch out for the death of the 'tall' soldier, Jim, one of the most powerful, touching death scenes ever put on film.
An interesting point concerns the main character Henry, played by B movie star, Audie Murphy. Henry is an inexperienced, frightened youth, who deserts and later rejoins the battle to find his personal courage. Murphy, on the other hand, was the most decorated American soldier of WW2. According to his citations, his leadership and bravery were astonishing. This real life 'baby faced' soldier put the film exploits of Sly Stallone and Clint Eastwood to shame.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By nmollo VINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
"Red Badge Of Courage" was a film destined to fail from its inception. Louis B. Mayer never wanted the picture to be made and did what he could to discourage the process. He felt it could never be a commercial success without female characters or established stars. Mayer expressed his views directly to John Huston, he said, "It has no story and won't make a cent!"

When the film was finally completed, the test screenings were a failure. Houston remarked: "With the Red Badge of Courage, I quite understood at the time why they took the steps they did. I was present at a preview when damn near a third of the audience got up and walked out of the theatre."

Various edits were tried without the participation of Huston, who was working on the "African Queen" with Bogart and Hepburn, and seemed to not give a damn. All that resulted was a picture that got shorter and shorter. The final release version is 69 minutes. The original cut was of 95 minutes, not two hours as has been suggested.

"...they cut out one scene that was probably the best in the picture, in a way of anticlimax. The monumental death of the tall soldier. The boy and the tattered soldier walk away down the hill, and the tattered fellow says, "I've never seen a feller die like that." He begins to ramble and begins to walk around in circles then dies himself. This was the most extraordinary moment in the picture as far as I was concerned. It wouldn't have made any difference so far as the audience was concerned. They still walked out in the middle of the picture."

The footage that was extracted was from the master negative. It was discarded to the floor of the editing suite and thrown away as useless. There are no records of any of the cut scenes or extra footage surviving.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2014
Format: DVD
The Red Badge of Courage is directed by John Huston who also co-adapts to screenplay with Albert Band from the novel of the same name written by Stephen Crane. It stars Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Andy Devine, Robert Easton, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano, Arthur Hunnicutt and Tim Durant. Music is by Bronislau Kaper and cinematography by Harold Rosson.

The American Civil War and Union soldiers head South to confront the Confederate army. Young Henry Fleming (Murphy) is ill prepared for the horrors of war, so when the crunch comes he retreats from the first battle he's faced with and has a life choice of either being known as a coward, or find something from within to make him strong enough to return to the front line.

Nutshell History Of The Production.

John Huston believed that this could have been his masterpiece, but an MGM power struggle saw the film butchered. A narration was insisted upon after poor test screenings, Huston washed his hands off the picture, while Lillian Ross produced a critically acclaimed book about the production. With no fanfare or bunting put out by the studio to promote the picture, the eventual 70 minute cut of the movie flopped as audiences didn't quite like the tonal flows of the piece. Over time, even in its truncated form of just under 70 minutes, pic has garnered praise to become something of a classic as it stands, while also being considered as a lost masterpiece due to the cut material apparently being lost forever.

Beautifully photographed by Rosson, it's a film that has often been tagged as some sort of arty exercise. Yet it never once feels like it has ideas above its station, it quite simply is a very intimate and touching portrayal of Americans fighting Americans.
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A brilliant cinematic interpretation of Stephen Crane's wonderful novel with a great cast depicting the fears and emotions of soldiers newly introduced to battlefield conflict. Audie Murphy gives his greatest acting performance as the young recruit torn between self preservation, perceived cowardice and finally his initiation into manhood by nobly participating in the battle. The realities of 19th century wartime are graphically shown and all the emotions of boredom, anticipation, rumour, grief, fear and courage are starkly demonstrated through the super acting of a then little-known cast. This is without a doubt the best Civil War movie in the genre.
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