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Big Red One [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, Kelly Ward
  • Directors: Samuel Fuller
  • Writers: Samuel Fuller
  • Producers: Brian Jamieson, Douglas Freeman, Gene Corman, Richard Schickel
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 1999
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790741814
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Big Red One

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In Saving Private Ryan, Steven Spielberg depicts the D-day landings with a realism lauded by veterans. The Big Red One depicts the D-day landings, too, and it was made by a veteran. Writer-director Samuel Fuller, who served in the First Infantry Division from North Africa to Czechoslovakia (including the Normandy landings), made a career out of swift, punchy B movies, such as Pickup on South Street and The Naked Kiss. The Big Red One became Fuller's nod to A-movie filmmaking, yet it has the solid, matter-of-fact perspective of the ground-level infantryman. The episodic action ranges all over Europe, as a tough squad of American GIs (including Mark Hamill and Robert Carradine) follow their hard-bitten sergeant (Lee Marvin, at his best) and try to stay alive. Filmed mostly in Israel, the film delivers on the requisite war-movie conventions and tough-guy humour but also introduces notes of poetry. Fuller's D-day doesn't match the pyrotechnics of Spielberg's version, but it creates power from the simple image of a dead soldier's watch, ticking away in blood-soaked surf. A fine and memorable picture, The Big Red One might have been even greater had it been released in Fuller's full-length cut--someday perhaps a restoration will allow the director's vision to be seen for the first time. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Woodward on 28 Nov 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film is very true, in the way that great art can be true. It is not, admittedly, GREAT film making, yet it does, especially given the period within which it was made, tell many truths about both warfare and the Second World War in particular. We have been spoilt since the late eighties by a stream of realistic war films, which should nevertheless not prevent us from enjoying The Big Red One. With what now seem like school play production values when compared to such as Full Metal Jacket, incedentally filmed at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, and the Isle of Dogs - before development, realistic it is not, yet it is one of the most truthful depictions of warfare yet made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The film follows a G.I squad's journey during World War II they are led by
'World War 1 veteran a Sergeant (Lee Marvin)
The story starts with the 'First Squad' serving in the 'North Africa' Campaign,
after an encounter with 'Rommel's' force the squads numbers are seriously
reduced, the Sergeant is injured and captured.....however when liberated
he re-joins his squad as they prepare to join the 'Sicily' invasion in 1943.
Privates 'Zab'(Robert Carradine) 'Griff'' (Mark Hamill) 'Vinci' (Bobby Di Cicco)
and 'Johnson' (Kelly Ward)
Their next mission takes them to the beaches of 'Normandy' - 'Omaha' as part
of the D-Day assault (1944) History of course tells us of the heavy losses the
allies took securing that beach.
After the squads progressed into 'Belgium' encountering fire-fights along the
way, still the squads war isn't over, they advance deeper Into German occupied
territory finally coming across a 'Nazi' Death-Camp.
The film is filmed as a biographical journey........The story a fictional World War II
drama written and directed by 'Samuel Fuller' - though fictional it does manage to
portray the harsh images and realities war brings.
This release (Blu-ray) has both the 1980 reconstructed version and the original 1967
Theatrical release on-board.
The reconstructed version lasting 162 minutes has been put together as it is believed
'Simon Fuller' would have wished it to be seen.
The Theatrical version 113 minutes is how cinema audiences would have seen it when
released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Fairbairn on 28 May 2006
Format: DVD
great film ,all the way from north africa to the horror of the camps.very believable and the actors are true to the war (i was there ) bit weak at the end ,however very enjoyable .
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By Rob the brilliant on 1 Aug 2007
Format: DVD
This film is fantastic. It's not quite Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, but I don't think it's about the same thing. Obviously it's about the second world war, but the way it goes about doing it is different. There are many powerful moments, especially the end one, and all the actors are brilliant, Mark Hammil being better than he was in Star Wars.
At first it seems a little disjointed and sketchy, but that's the way it was meant to be filmed, and when you get into it it really is one of the best war films ever. Seriously. You need to watch this.
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This redux version is quite simply brilliant. Sam Fullers largely autobiographical telling of his wartime experience has an air of authenticity and engages you completely. The characters are flawed but plausible young men, little more than boys, led by the wonderfully grizzled old warrior played by Lee Marvin in his greatest role. It's a wonderful film and up there in the pantheon of great war movies.
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This is a great movie. It was voted on of the greatest 500 films by empire and I can see why. There is both humour and sadness in the film and I would defeintely recommend it for thos who like war films.
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