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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fullers masterpiece restored to it,s full gory glory
This film originally premiered at Cannes in 1980. Unfortunately the producers, fearful it would seem of bringing down another "Heavens Gate" on the film industry, had eviscerated director Sam Fuller's original lengthy cut to less than two hours. This rendered the film so incomprehensible that it needed a voice over, a la "Bladerunner", to bridge the gaps where the...
Published on 8 Jun 2005 by russell clarke

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Big Red Question Mark
A curious film which I may have undervalued. It's interesting throughout in a strangely clumsy way at times. It looks low budget (tight shots of the landing beaches dwarfed in the mind by Spielberg's efforts), explosions you might find (along with the unremarkable music) in a tv movie, average acting in some areas and a fairly woeful (Platoon-like) voiceover. Then there...
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by Mario


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good War film, 17 Jan 2013
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The Big Red One. I enjoyed this now familiar story.A very good film. Well acted and filmed action drama for those who like war films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic, 9 Jan 2013
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Epic war movie, somewhat disturbing: war is dirty work, and this group of soldiers has to walk through it. With " paths of glory", a must have movie
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars more of the same - unfortunately, 10 Oct 2010
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This review is from: The Big Red One - The Reconstruction (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
Restored footage doesn't increase the enjoyment - just prolongs the tedium. One of the least involving war films made, with Lee Marvin ambling through it and Mark Hamell proving once again his lack of depth. On a technical note - a film made in Israel and looking like it - long barrelled Shermans as German tanks and Waffen-SS soldiers with moustaches, sideburns and dark complexions...ho hum.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece?....You're havin' a laugh!, 9 Jun 2013
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I'm not going to write a long review because this movie really isn't worth the time expended. This is just a word to the wise for anyone who might be thinking of buying it based on the four and five star reviews here.

It's quite simple really: If you like and appreciate some small semblance of realism or authenticity in a war film, then move on, there's nothing to see here....

'The Big Red One'?.... 'Big Brown One' more like.
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17 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Truly class B, 26 Dec 2005
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Joseph Haschka (Glendale, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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I've heard nationally recognized film critics call THE BIG RED ONE the finest B-class war movie ever made. I agree with the second part; it isn't an A-class film by any stretch of the imagination.
At a 2 hour 43 minute run time, the producers could have added twenty minutes of commercials and made it what it should have been, a series of six 30-minute television episodes built around various themes: Invasion of North Africa, Storming Sicily, D-Day, Into Belgium, the Battle of the Bulge, and Death Camp Liberation. But even if they had, the series wouldn't have had the emotional impact of BAND OF BROTHERS, perhaps the finest miniseries ever broadcast on TV and, along with the feature length SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, the best depiction of the World War II ground war in Western Europe ever made.
THE BIG RED ONE follows one infantry platoon, led by its sergeant (Lee Marvin) from 1942 to 1945. Various characters come and go, i.e. are killed off, but a core of four survive from beginning to end, Privates Griff (Mark Hamill), Zab (Robert Carradine), Vinci (Bobby Di Cicco), and Johnson (Kelly Ward). If it was the intent of the film's director, Samuel Fuller, to portray a tough veteran (Marvin) paternalistically guiding his charges through the perils of combat, he failed in my opinion. Marvin's character remains pretty much detached and stone-faced throughout. He's certainly no Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN or Captain Winters (Damian Lewis) of BAND OF BROTHERS. I wasn't inspired to follow Marvin's Sergeant into battle, much less across the street. And there was more fighters' camaraderie demonstrated in fifteen minutes of either RYAN or BROTHERS than in the entirety of THE BIG RED ONE.
There were, admittedly, some good scenes: delivering a French woman's baby in a German tank, the ruse employed by a female resistance leader while helping the Sergeant and his men capture a Belgian insane asylum occupied by German artillery spotters, the liberation of the concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. But, at best, it was all small screen stuff. Moreover, the combat scenes were cheesy and unconvincing compared to those in RYAN and BROTHERS. In the latter two, the viewer could easily believe he was watching real soldiers fighting for their lives and those of their buddies. In THE BIG RED ONE, it was just actors playing make-believe war.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lee marvin brilliant film, 28 Mar 2012
This review is from: The Big Red One - The Reconstruction (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
this is one war film thats a classic. german pretending to be dead on cross. love this one. if u like war films buy this
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5.0 out of 5 stars The big red one, 29 Aug 2010
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I was named after this guy, i wish i had his acting talent. This film is class from start to finish watch it and then you understand why `The big red one` is as famous as it gets in ww2 folklore, these men deserve their creditability.
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